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Labor and Economic Opportunity

If I am a temporary or probationary employee, can I receive unemployment benefits?

Wages paid to a temporary or probationary employee are treated the same as wages paid to a permanent employee for unemployment benefits purposes. They can be used to establish a claim if:

  • the temporary employee files a claim for benefits,

  • the wages from the temporary or short-term employment fall in the base period,

  • the claimant has enough total base period wages to establish a claim, and

  • The claimant worked in covered employment under the law.


If these conditions are met, the employer will be charged a percentage of the benefits proportional to the claimant's earnings with that employer during the base period.