Arizona Unemployment Benefits
Are you physically able to work?
Are you willing to actively look for a job?
Did your employer pay unemployment taxes ("Covered Employment")?
Did you earn at least $2250 in the base period in Arizona?
Base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. If you are filing today, base period is Jan 2012 - Mar 2012 to Oct 2012 - Dec 2012
How did you lose your job?
Did you quit your last job due to unsafe working conditions, not being paid, discrimination and / or health and safety risks?
Were you fired for no fault of your own?
Were you laid off for no fault of your own?
Applying online is the easiest and fastest way to claim benefits. Check for more specific details such as timings and requirements to claim benefits in your state.
CALL: 1-877-600-2722. Phoenix #: 602-364-2722. Tucson #: 520-791-2722. Telecommunications Device for the Deaf: 1-877-877-6226
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What is the Eligibility Criteria in Arizona?
There are some basic rules for eligibility. Even if you meet some of these rules partially, you should still apply for unemployment because state offices make a reasonable attempt to process your claim, as long as you provide a good justification.
To learn more check unemployment eligibility article
A "base period" is four consecutive calendar quarters that fall within the 18 month period before establishing a new benefit year.Claim your benefits
How to File Your Initial Claim in Arizona?
If You Are Not a United States Citizen
You must give verification that you were legally eligible to work in your state and that you are presently eligible to begin a new job.
How to File Your Weekly Claim?
After you file your application for unemployment benefits, you must start filing your weekly claims. You require filing each week, even though you are:
You can file your weekly claim:
File every week that you want to claim benefits and keep on filing until you go back to work, run out of benefits or stop seeking work. You should claim at least one week before we can make a decision on your eligibility.
How to Claim for an Extension?
If you are presently filing weekly claims for unemployment benefits; carry on filing your weekly claim if you are jobless or working reduced hours. You will be informed by mail of your eligibility for the added benefits.
In case you have been filing weekly claims and are still laid off or working reduced hours, you will have to file an application for these extra benefits online or by telephone. You will be alerted by mail of your eligibility for the additional benefits.
To be eligible for EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits you must:
To be eligible for EB benefits you must:
Arizona Unemployment Questions
What is the Shared Work Program?
The Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Program is an alternative for employers faced with a reduction in force. It allows an employer to divide the available work or hours of work among a specified group of affected employees in lieu of a layoff, and it allows the employees to receive a portion of their Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits while working reduced hours. The Shared Work Program is not available to an employee unless the employer for whom the individual is currently working reduced hours completes an application which then must be approved by the Department of Economic Security. An approved Shared Work Plan is valid for one year and an employee may be eligible for up to 26 weeks of Shared Work benefits.
What are the eligibility requirements?
The employee is eligible for Shared Work benefits for each week in which:
How does the Shared Work Program differ from regular Unemployment Insurance?
Under the Shared Work Program, an employee is not required to:
As an employer, how will the Shared Work Program affect my UI Tax Account?
Shared Work benefits are charged against reimbursement and experience-rated employer accounts in the same manner as regular benefits are charged. However, any experience-rated employer having a negative reserve in his/her tax account and having employees paid Shared Work benefits during the fiscal year July 1 through June 30 may have a surtax added. The surtax will be added to the computed rate of negative reserve accounts.
What other criteria must the employer meet?
The employer must certify that, for the duration of the Shared Work plan, the reduction in hours replaces a layoff which would have resulted in a reduction of at least the same number of hours of work.
What are the advantages (and disadvantages) of participating in the Shared Work Program?
Advantages to the Shared Work Program
How can an employer apply for a Shared Work Plan?
A Shared Work Plan Application is available online. Your completed application and list of participants should be submitted at least 10 days prior to the date you wish your plan to begin. You will be notified by mail of the approval or disapproval of your plan. An employer may have two or more plans in effect at the same time (to cover separate groups of employees). Each plan must include at least two employees, and all must be identified by name and Social Security Number. Each plan must specify the beginning date for the plan. On the application, the employer must certify that:
Working in multiple states
If you have Arizona wages and also worked in another state, or currently reside in Arizona and have earnings from employers in two or more other states (within the base period), you may choose to combine these wages to establish monetary eligibility. If you were employed in more than one state at any time during the current base period, you may have the option of:
- Filing a claim against any state in which you were employed using only the wages from that state, or
- Filing a claim against any state in which you were employed, using the wages from all states in which you earned wages.
State unemployment laws, weekly benefit amounts and eligibility requirements vary between states. Which option is best for you will depend upon the laws in each state that you worked.
If all of your employment during the base period has been in a state other than Arizona, you must file a claim for benefits against that state
Additional Eligibility Creteria To qualify for benefits, you must have been paid wages in insured employment of:
- At least $1,500 in one of the four quarters of the base period and your total base period wages must be at least 1-1/2 times your high quarter, or
- At least $7,000 in total wages in at least two quarters of the base period, with wages in one quarter equal to $5,987.50 or more.
Filing weekly claims
You must file regular weekly claims:
- while you are waiting to see if you are eligible,
- after you have been determined eligible, and
- after you have begun receiving payments.
If you miss filing your weekly claim, the system will no longer recognize you. Failing to file a weekly can result in a delay in having your benefits approved and/or in receiving your weekly benefit payments.
Even if you know that you were not eligible during a specific week, as long as you are still unemployed and wish to continue receiving benefit payments, you should file for that week.
How Benefits are calculated?
To calculate your weekly benefits amount click here
The minimum benefits amount in Arizona is $60.
The maximum benefits amount in Arizona is $240
A "base period" is four consecutive calendar quarters that fall within the 18 month period before establishing a new benefit year.
To learn more Unemployment benefits article