If you are willing and able to work, and are seeking work, you essentially meet the requirements for many states as far as unemployment compensation is concerned. If you are not seeking work, or are prevented from working by something, then you do not qualify. As far as what you're doing with your time during the periods between making applications for jobs as required by your respective state is your business; and, if you have not accrued enough work-time in the past for the determining of a compensation amount for you, you will not have put in sufficient time in the workforce to qualify. These questions can be easily answered by the friendly folks down at your local employment office or workforce development cabinet. The final decision over your benefits comes from there; and, they usually are a little gratified when they can answer someone's questions who appreciates their time in doing so.