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Arizona Unemployment Eligibility

To collect money while jobless through the Arizona Department of Economic Security, you must meet the state’s eligibility requirements that have been established for issuing jobless benefits. Know more about eligibility requirements here.

Non Monetary Eligibility Requirements

  • Lost job through no fault of your own
  • Available for work
  • Actively seeking employment
  • Quitting a job with good cause,
  • Fired from the last job not for misconduct

Monetary Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify for benefits you must have worked for an employer who paid unemployment tax and you should have earned:

  • At least 390 times the Arizona minimum wage in your highest earning quarter and the total of the other three quarters must equal at least one half of the amount in your high quarter. For example, if you made $5000 in your highest quarter you need to have earned a total of $2500 within the remaining three quarters combined.
  • At least $7000 in total wages in at least two quarters of the base period, with wages in one quarter equal to $5987.50 or more

The above criteria apply to new UI claims that were made effective August 5, 2012 or later.

Effective January 1, 2013, Arizona’s minimum wage increased to $7.80 per hour.  New UI claims with an effective date of January 6, 2013 or later would not qualify for benefits with wages in the high quarter of the Base Period less than $3042.00 which means the lowest WBA is now $122 and the wage range to qualify for that amount would be $3042.00 – $3062.49.

Eligibility Questions

Can I receive unemployment insurance benefits If I am fired?

Usually, in Arizona you have to have lost your job through no fault of your own in order to collect unemployment.

In most cases, this means that if you get fired, you cannot obtain unemployment benefits.

If you get fired from your job, you should go ahead and apply for unemployment benefits, because there are some cases where you can be fired from your job and still get benefits.

If you feel like you were fired unjustly, or there were justifying circumstances, make sure to tell your unemployment counselor about them. If your unemployment application is denied because you were fired, you also have the right to appeal the decision.

Can I collect unemployment If I am laid off?

If you have been laid off from your job in Arizona, you should right away file for unemployment. Although unemployment will only cover a portion of your previous earnings, it will provide some financial assistance as you search for a new job. Most states offer benefits for a maximum of 26 weeks; however, when some states experience very high unemployment rates  they will sometimes extend benefits for up to 13 additional weeks.

Getting laid-off doesn’t mean that you were fired or did something wrong. Getting laid-off means that the company that you worked for did not have sufficient work for you to do, and could no longer afford to pay you for your job.

Can I receive benefits If I quit my job or I am terminated?

If your reason for separation from your last job is due to some reason other than a “lack of work,” a determination will be made about whether or not you are entitled for benefits.

All determinations of whether or not a person is qualified for benefits are made by the appropriate Arizona Revised Statute, Administrative Code or applicable federal laws.

If you are disqualified or denied benefits, you have the right to file an appeal. You must file your appeal within a stipulated time frame. Your employer may also appeal a determination if he/she does not agree with the determination regarding your eligibility.

More information on Arizona Unemployment -
Check our Q&A section for more information on eligibility.
If you are eligible for unemployment benefits in Arizona, Calculate your benefit amount.
Also check weekly requirements which should be fulfilled inorder to receive benefits each week.

Questions & Answers

  1. joshua tetors says:

    I broke my leg and had sugery and will not be able to work for 6 months. Im have no short term disability ins, will I be able to get anything to help me out.

    • Adrian says:

      Unfortunately, UI is extended only to those who are able and available to work.

      You may be eligible for benefits under the workers comp scheme.Please check with your employer.

  2. Tara says:

    I am unemployed and getting benefit. I have been out of work again for 2 months. Both of my kids will be in school soon so i thought i might go to school part time and still be able to work. My question though and i cant get through on the phone lines, they keep hanging up…Will my benefits stop if i goto school in the day for 4 hours a week.

    • Adrian says:

      I understand that there will high call volumes at certain time of day or specific days in a week.Try calling them during non-peak hours.

      In some states,you can go to school and qualify for UI benefits as well.I don’t think 4 hours in a week should really have any impact.

    • Amanda says:

      So, I work for company that pays off of ticket work. I do not get paid for being in the office, however I do get paid for the ticket work I do. This job went from providing me 40 hours a week (making about 40k a year) to no available work, because the company is failing. The owner has kept all the employees on however he has no work for us to do, there for we are not making any money. Can I qualify for unemployment even though I technically have a job?

      • Adrian says:

        Your job looks like more of a freelance. You may not qualify.

        Please check with the labor dept in your state.

  3. Lisa Loughry says:

    Can I receive unemployment if I relocated to a new state?

    • Adrian says:

      You can, if you meet the eligibility.

      Please consider applying from the state where you were last employed.

  4. Kathleen Mallory says:

    I applied for unemployment last Oct 2013 and was denied because I could not look for a job due to having had surgery on my foot. I’m now healed and ready to find a job. Can I re-apply for unemployment benefits??

  5. Lissa says:

    My husband works in Laughlin Nevada but we live in Bullhead City Arizona…his work hours went from fulltime (40) hrs p/wk to 24 hours….is he eligible to file for partial unemployment and if so does he file in Arizona or Nevada?

  6. Walter Tarpley says:

    I have been with my company since March of 2013 and and two weeks ago was told that I did not have the skills in their opinion to keep doing my job. This was after I had recieved a $4.00 an hour pay raise and told that I was doing great. I have been running two hotels maintenance department with no assistant in the second hotel. They asked me to pick a day I would like to leave and so I picked the 20th of December and then the next day my company asked me to stay until January 1st because the new guy could not start until then. I agreed because I need the money, however, was told that there is no more opportunity for me here after the 1st. Do I qualify for unemployment in AZ? I have already been looking for jobs, submitting my resume and have done 1 interview already.

  7. Pat says:

    In AZ can I work 25 hours a week and collect unemployment ?

  8. Gwen McDonald says:

    I am currently ADHD voc rehab did the testing. In march 2013 was given a written warning about a unhappy customer and because I had issues before finding this out. Was told if it happens again I could be let go. I just had a glowing annual review and due to a call shortly my fathers passing and before his birthday, I agree it was a bad call today and was put admin leave without pay until they decide if I come back. My supervisor is to call me. Would that stop me from receiving unemployment.?

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