How Do I File An Unemployment Claim?

When applying for unemployment benefits, you must first determine the base period of your claim. Use the following table:
If your claim is filed in the first full week of the month of: Your base period is the 12­month period ending the previous:
January/February/March September 30
April/May/June December 31
July/August/September March 31
October/November/December June 30
Base period wages may be from DC employers, the DC Government, the Federal Government, and the US Military, or from employers in other states.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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