Dick. Since I disagreed with the first three answers, I doublechecked on line. Yes, you can collect both benefits and I will explain why. Most people would refer to it as double dipping, but that is a misnomer. Both Social Security retirement and unemployment "insurance" are benefits you have paid into your entire working life. Paycheck after paycheck after paycheck, they took a chunk. You deserve your retirement. It is not welfare. Neither is unemployment insurance. It's just like car insurance. You lost your job and lost that income. You qualify for unemployment just like anyone else, if you lost your job through no fault of your own. The fact that you are retired doesn't mean you aren't available for work. Apply online. You will be happily surprised. It's always better to go online for this type of info, rather than rely on guesses that are misleading,
It is difficult to collect both Social Security and Unemployment at the same time. This is because one of the requirements of unemployment is to actively be looking for a job. Therefore you will have to convince the unemployment office that you are able to satisfy their requirements.