Often applicants for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) receive Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and questions arise as to problems this situation may present. Both programs have different definitions and thus receipt of UI benefits is not necessary contradictory. Currently, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has the policy described below.
Social Security Disability or SSI claimants often wonder whether they can receive unemployment and still apply for and be awarded Social Security Disability. A person receiving unemployment must have affirmed that he is able to work and, often, that he is actively seeking work. The question then becomes is whether the claimant's statement about his ability to work is an automatic bar to the receipt of disability benefits.