Mandatory retirement and unemployment benefits


Q. Are air traffic controllers who are forced to retire under mandatory retirement rules eligible to collect unemployment in New York state?

A. You’d have to check with your state employment office. However, as a rule, no one who is receiving a retirement annuity is eligible for unemployment benefits.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to


  1. I am drawing my csrs pension from the post office. I’ve had another job for 3 years since retirement, and am now unemployed due to covid-19. Am I eligible for unemployment payments for the job I was laid off from?

    • The rules governing unemployment benefits for those who are receiving a pension differ state by state. The only way to find out if you would qualify is to check with your state’s employment office.

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