SSA will not look favorably on applicants who allege they are “ready, willing, and able to work” on their unemployment application while at the same time telling the SSA that they are unfit for employment. Which is it? The message is inconsistent and will allow the SSA to assume you are simply filing a claim while you are looking for work. Again, while the SSA sees your need for income, it is an understandable obstacle for the SSA to grant you disability benefits. If you have already applied for SSD while receiving unemployment benefits, consider the effect it will have on your SSD application.