How Is My Weekly Benefit Rate Determined?

Your original benefit rate is calculated on your actual high quarter wages. Your weekly benefit rate is one twenty­fifth (1/25) of your high quarter wages. Wages are applied to the quarter in which they are paid. The current maximum rate is $405.

You have an additional option to have your benefit rate calculated using weeks worked and wages paid to you in your base period. You must finalize your choice of base period and establish a final quarterly rate before you can request your rate based on average weekly wage. If your rate is calculated using this option, the total weeks and wages will show on the bottom of the Monetary Determination mailed to you.

Although your claim lasts one year (your benefit year), during that time you can only receive 26 times your full weekly rate (or the same amount of money for weeks of partial unemployment).

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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