How do I qualify for unemployment benefits?

With wage record, a person must receive at least one and a half times the high quarter wages in four quarters to qualify. The Alternate Earnings Qualifier (total base period wages of at least $17,868.00, when an individual's total base period wages do not equal or exceed 1 ½ times the high quarter wages ) continues as an alternate means of qualifying, but wages must have been paid in at least two quarters.

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:

  • Worked after your prior benefit year began; and
  • Been paid, by a liable employer, at least five times the last weekly benefit amount that was in effect on your prior benefit year.

If you meet the requirements to establish a claim, for each week you claim benefits you must also be:

  • Able to work
  • Available for work
  • Seeking full-time employment