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Do I qualify for Unemployment Insurance?

You are eligible for Unemployment Insurance if you meet the following criteria:
  • You have a Social Security Number AND
  • You worked and were paid in at least two of the last five calendar quarters (three-month periods) before your claim was filed
    • For example, if you lost your job in January of this year you must have been paid during two of the following periods: Oct.-Dec. of last year, July-Sept. of last year, April-June of last year, Jan.-March of last year, or Oct.-Dec. of two calendar years ago. AND
  • You were paid $1,600 or more during one of those time periods AND
  • You were paid at least half of the highest amount you made in one quarter during the remaining three countable quarters
    • For example, if you made $2,000 in one quarter, your combined income from three other quarters would have to be $1,000.
Money earned from a job lost due to misconduct will not be counted towards your eligibility or benefit rate.

Look Out
  • If you have been told you don't qualify for unemployment because you are an independent contractor (tax form 1099), consider applying anyway-you may be eligible.
  • If you were fired for misconduct or quit a job you may still be eligible for unemployment if you have since worked and earned five times your determined benefit rate.
  • If you receive Workers' Compensation but are available and able to perform work, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits as well.
  • If you have been working off the record, your wages may still count towards your total. You will then have to pay back taxes on those earnings.
  • There is no minimum amount of time you must have worked at your job.