I turned 62 in June and didn't have any plans to retire for at least two years. But my employer has offered a buyout package that is too good to turn down. Some of my co-workers contemplating the buyout said we might be able to collect unemployment benefits after we leave. What do you think? If I collect unemployment, will I be able to collect Social Security at the same time? I can't seem to get a definitive answer.
There's good news and bad news for you.
You won't qualify for the unemployment benefits if you take the buyout package, unless your company forces you to leave by eliminating your job. Judging from your comments, however, the choice seems to be purely yours. And a voluntary exit would generally disqualify you from unemployment benefits.