Labor and Economic Opportunity
To qualify for unemployment benefits, we look at the wages you were paid in the first four of the last five calendar quarters – the standard base period.
A person must earn at least one and a half times the highest amount of wages paid in any quarter of the base period. A person can also qualify using the Alternate Earnings Qualifier. This means you must have total base period wages of at least $20,458.00, and you must have wages in at least two calendar quarters in the base period.
If you file a new claim for benefits and your last benefit year expired within the last six calendar quarters, you must additionally satisfy the following earnings requirement:
If you meet the requirements to establish a claim, for each week you claim benefits you must also be: