Unemployment Resources

  • Through the collaboration of several Federal agencies, this site provides access to federally funded programs that can help to make your life that much easier. By filling out’s eligibility pre-screening form, you are paired with programs that best meet your needs.
  • Run and organized by United Ways Worldwide and Alliance for Information and referral Systems, 2-1-1 is a service that provides help to those who need it. You can dial 2-1-1 on any phone, or use the organization’s search function to find a 211 website and services in your area.
  • Unemployment compensation (UC): Eligibility for Students Under State and Federal Laws: The Congressional Research Service report from 2012 provides eligibility requirements for applying for unemployment compensation benefits. It notes under “Recently Unemployed Graduates” that it is unlikely for recent grads to receive benefits.
  • Why are Recent College Graduates Underemployed?: A 2013 report by the Center for College Affordability & Productivity shows that nearly 50% of individuals holding post-secondary degrees are overqualified for their occupations.
  • Jobs become more elusive for recent U.S. college grads – NY Fed: Reuters’ Elvina Nawaguna explores the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s analysis of trends for post-secondary graduates in today’s job market.
  • Hard Times – College Majors, Unemployment and Earnings 2013: Georgetown University’s report on the correlation of unemployment and certain majors found that individuals holding technical degrees are more likely to find work than those with degrees in the arts.
  • The $50,000 Question: Can a Master’s Hurt Your Job Prospects?: Chereen Zaki, contributor to Forbes, writes about the frustrations of trying to find a job after receiving a master’s degree.