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