Many states issue a debit card to the unemployed with the deposits being electronically transferred. The method for checking the balance varies depending on card used. Most cards have a phone number on the back that can be used for balance inquiries. Some states may issue a balance statement either electronically or by mail. The phone number on the back of the card is usually a toll-free number and is often automated. If the card is unavailable, or your state doesn't use the card system, then it is recommended that you contact the employment office in your local area to inquire about your balance.