Can I work and still collect unemployment benefits?

If you work less than full-time during a calendar week, you can collect partial unemployment benefits for that week as long as your gross earnings are not more than 1.5 times your weekly unemployment rate and all other requirements to receive benefits (you are able to work, available for work and seeking full time employment) are met.  For example:

1. If you earn more than $1.00 up to but not equal to your weekly benefit rate in any week, subtract half of your earnings from the payment: You can figure this out by following this formula:

 

Weekly Benefit Rate
  - 1/2 of the amount you earned
  _______________________________
   Your new amount

 

2. If you earn an amount equal to your weekly benefit rate but not more than 1.5 times your payment during a week, follow this formula:

Multiply your weekly benefit rate by 1.5
   - the total amount you earned
  __________________________________________
   Your new amount

 

3. If you earn an amount equal to 1.5 times your weekly benefit rate or more (or if you worked full time) you are not entitled to a payment for that week.