How Do I Qualify For Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

You must first establish monetary eligibility. This means that you must have adequate wages in your base period to establish eligibility. The base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters immediately preceding the first day of your benefit year. They will use the last four completed quarters if you are not eligible using the regular base period quarters. You must have earned at least $1091.88 in two quarters and a total of at least $3275.64 in the base period.

The monetary requirement means only that you have sufficient qualifying weeks and wages. You must meet all of the non­monetary eligibility requirements as well.

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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