Resignation letter and unemployment benefits (with samples)

This article will explain about unemployment benefits, and samples of how to write a letter requesting unemployment benefits.

Resignation letter and unemployment benefits

Unemployment benefits are benefits paid to an employee after quitting their job. One is eligible to unemployment benefits if your resignation was involuntary. If you voluntarily quit your job or you were fired for misconduct, your employer may refuse to pay you unemployment benefits.

Before writing an appeal letter for unemployment disqualification, read all of the information that the state unemployment office sends you and follow the appeal instructions precisely. You can then write the reason you believe you are entitled to unemployment benefits.

When writing an appeal letter for unemployment benefits, this is the best format to follow:

  • State the reason you are writing the letter and include any specific information required by the state. Include the date you received your disqualification notice and attach a copy of the letter. 
  • Explain the reason you think you should not be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits and provide a point-by-point argument disputing any statute the state has cited as a reason for your disqualification. 
  • Include the names of your witnesses and contact information and any written statements they have made on your behalf. 
  • Sign the letter and include your case number.

Sample 1: “Appeal letter for unemployment benefits”


To Whom it May Concern,

I, (insert your name), wish to appeal the claim determination (insert mail date of determination) denying unemployment benefits due to quitting without good cause, or for a discharge for misconduct (insert the actual issue as stated on the determination, to include also the section of law used for the denial).

My reason for my appealing is because I believe the denial referenced above is in error. I did quit with good cause, or the employer fired me for something a reason I do not believe was misconduct.

Please allow this letter to serve as my request for an unemployment appeal hearing, so I may offer additional information to dispute why I think a denial of benefits was incorrect.

Thank You,


Sample 2: “Appeal letter for unemployment benefits”

“Nolan Santana

City, State, Zip Code

Home : 000-000-0000 Cell: 000-000-0000

To Whom It May Concern,

I’m writing in response to your letter of denial of unemployment in which you indicated I could appeal by providing additional information that may be significant.

I was employed as a Salon Coordinator at Company Name since its opening in September 2012.

By January of 2013, the owner and I had developed a personality conflict, and he suggested I look for another job while he looked for a replacement.

By February, he indicated that he wanted me to stay.

Throughout 2013 we lost four part-time receptionists, and during that very difficult time, I performed all my duties as Salon Coordinator while also covering the front desk and training new receptionists.

In December 2013, I received a $1000 performance bonus because of my hard work and long hours under difficult circumstances.

In January 2014, the owner decided that his fiance would be good at my job. He asked me to train her and said I would have three months to find another job.

After two weeks of training, he said he ‘didn’t want to drag this out, and he let me go.

I believe under the circumstances that I’m eligible for unemployment benefits.

Sincerely Yours,

Nolan Santana”

Sample 3: “Appeal letter for unemployment benefits”

“Dear Mr. Franklin,

I am writing this letter to appeal the decision by the State Labor Department of Wyoming to disqualify me from receiving unemployment benefits. My Case is 00120034 and the date I received my disqualification notice was September 10, 2013. A copy of my notice is attached to this letter. I respectfully protest the results of my unemployment disqualification.

I have been dismissed from my job and denied unemployment benefits because my supervisor reported that I came to a job site very late on Aug. 25,2013. He states that my tardiness kept the team from working and cost the company money. In fact, I arrived at the job site early and saw that some of the supplies and equipment were not there. I left the site and drove to the company warehouse to retrieve the missing items. When I returned to the work site the crew was waiting for the equipment I had. My supervisor accused me of being late and told me I was fired. I tried to explain that I was not late but he would not listen.I filed for unemployment benefits but was disqualified due to being fired for cause.

I have 2 witnesses, Craig Reynolds and Marty Smith who saw me arrive early and leave again to go to the warehouse for equipment and supplies that should have already been at the site. They are willing to testify on my behalf in a hearing. I would like to request a hearing so that I can have an opportunity to present my case and have the State reconsider my unemployment disqualification.

Thank you for your consideration.


Jack Jones”

Frequently Asked Questions: Resignation letter and unemployment benefits

How do you put holidays in resignation letter?

“Could you please confirm to me any holiday entitlement that has not yet been taken, and whether you are willing to reduce my notice period to take this into account, or perhaps buy out this entitlement, retaining me until notice has been fully worked?”

What do you write in a notice letter when leaving a job?

“Dear [name of manager], Please accept this as notice of my resignation from the position of [your job title] at [Business or organisation name]. [Optional] Since my notice period is [X weeks/months], I believe my last day will be [date]. Please let me know if that is incorrect.”

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