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Can I collect unemployment benefits and social security benefits at the same time?

Q) Can I collect unemployment and social security at the same time I am 66 and was laid off last week. I still want to work.

A) You can receive unemployment benefits and Social Security benefits at the same time. Social Security Administration does not count unemployment insurance benefits as earning. However your unemployment benefit may be reduced if you receive benefits from Social Security at the same time with your unemployment benefits. Remember, Social Security has no problem with you receiving income from both sources at the same time.

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  1. If you are seeking unemployment insurance benefits because you were fired you may not qualify if you were found to be at fault. You must be out of work through no fault of your own. Workers who are laid off for economic reasons due to a plant closing, a reduction-in-force (RIF), or because of lack of work, for example are eligible for unemployment benefits. But employees who are fired are not always eligible for unemployment benefits if it was due to a fault on their part. If you can prove that you were fired for no foult of your own you my qualify for unemployment insurance benefit.

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