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Are you physically able to work?

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Are you willing to actively look for a job?

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Did your employer pay unemployment taxes ("Covered Employment")?

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Did you earn at least $ 1200 in the base period in

Base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. If you are filing today, base period is Apr 2013 - Jun 2013 to Jan 2014 - Mar 2014

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How did you lose your job?

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Did you quit your last job due to unsafe working conditions, not being paid, discrimination and / or health and safety risks?

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Were you fired for no fault of your own?

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Were you laid off for no fault of your own?

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CALL: 601-855-3133 or 1-888-844-3577 to file an Unemployment Compensation Claim; For media questions concerning : 601-321-6107

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State Name: Mississippi

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Disclaimer: The estimates are good in faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for any loss and damages caused by using the tools on our website.
Disclaimer: The estimates are given in good faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for loss or damage caused by the tools on our website.

    State: Mississippi (MS)
    Phone Number: 601-855-3133 or 1-888-844-3577 to file an Unemployment Compensation Claim; For media questions concerning : 601-321-6107
    File Online: http://mdes.ms.gov/Home/UnemploymentServices/index.html
    Major Towns: Jackson, Gulfport, Southaven, Hattiesburg, Biloxi, Meridian, Tupelo, Greenville, and Olive Branch

    Current Unemploymnet Rate in Mississippi

    Mississippi Unemployment Questions

    What is Unemployment Insurance?
    Unemployment Insurance (UI) is a program designed to ease the economic burden of unemployment by providing a temporary source of income for individuals who are unemployed through no fault of their own.

    Who pays the unemployment tax?
    In Mississippi, employers pay all of the unemployment tax.

    When should I file my claim for benefits?
    You should file your claim as soon as you become unemployed.

    What if I worked in more than one state? Can I file a claim against another state if I live in Mississippi?
    If you worked in more than one state you may be eligible for a Combined Wage Claim. The base period wages from all states in which you worked are combined and you may be able to establish a combined wage claim under the law of a single state to qualify for benefits. An unemployment claims representative can explain the options and procedures for filing a Combined Wage Claim if you think you might qualify.

    What is a benefit year?
    The benefit year is 52 consecutive weeks. It begins on the Sunday of the week in which your application for benefits is filed. If monetary eligibility requirements are met, your claim will remain in effect for one year. (Note: This does not mean you will receive benefits for a full year).

    How is the weekly benefit amount calculated?
    A formula is used to calculate the amount of benefits based upon wages paid to you during the base period. Additionally, in order to be eligible one must have: 1. Worked and received wages in at least two quarters of your base period 2. Earned at least $780.00 in the highest quarter of the base period 3. Earned forty (40) times your weekly benefit amount in your base period

    What is the maximum weekly benefit amount?
    In Mississippi the maximum is $235.00 and the minimum is $30.00.

    What is a base period?
    The base period is defined as the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters immediately preceding your initial claim for benefits. Benefits are based on your earnings during this period of time.

    What if I worked for an employer during the base period and the wages are not shown on my claim?
    Once you file a claim for benefits, you will receive a Monetary Determination. The Monetary Determination shows the wages reported by your employer(s) during each quarter of your base period. Study the notice carefully. Be sure that it includes all wages paid during the quarters shown. If you believe that some wages you earned are not shown, you should contact your local claims center and file a request for re-determination.


    Privacy Act Statement
    The Privacy Act of 1974 requires that you be furnished this statement because you are being asked to furnish your Social Security account number for claims purposes. Your Social Security number is solicited under the authority of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 [26 U.S.C. 85, 6011(a), 6050B, and 6109(a)]. Disclosure of your Social Security number for this purpose is mandatory, and must be entered on all state, interstate, and Federal UI claim forms.

    Unemployment Insurance Statement
    In Mississippi, the EMPLOYER pays the cost of Unemployment Insurance. The worker pays no part of it. Unemployment Insurance is not Old Age Insurance, Welfare, Relief, Sick or Disability Insurance, or Vacation Pay. Unemployment Insurance is a program designed to provide income to those unemployed due to no fault of their own.

    Fraudulent Claim
    Anyone making a false statement or withholding facts to increase or obtain benefits to which he is not entitled is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by fine or imprisonment, or both.

    Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA)
    Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA) is a provision under the Trade Act of 1974, Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. This program provides for compensation and/or training to persons unemployed or underemployed due to increased activity of foreign imports. Recipients of TRA benefits may be required to participate in training. If you feel you may be eligible for benefits and services offered by the TRADE ACT OF 1974, you may obtain a petition from the nearest WIN Job Center.

    Child Support Obligations
    Mississippi Employment Security Law requires that Child Support Obligations be deducted from your unemployment benefits if so directed by the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS). You will be notified by this Agency if Child Support will be deducted from your weekly benefits. If you have questions about the MDHS court order or the amount of child support owed, you should contact your local child support office.

Questions & Answers

  1. Mel Davis says:

    I’ve been employed in Mississippi for almost 2 years. I am a retired Marine and receive 40% disability rating for my back and shoulders. My pain has increased so much in the past year that I am in the process of being evaluated by the VA for an increase. My current job requires me to sit or stand in one place for most of the day which causes severe pain in my back. It also includes lifting heavy objects. I recently put in my 2 weeks notice because the pain has become unbearable on a daily basis and I cannot continue to suffer anymore. My question is will Mississippi allow me to draw unemployment until I can find a job thatt will better fit my situation. Thanks.

  2. Nikki Cothren says:

    If we are offering someone over 20 hours a week to work and they refuse it are they eligible to get unemployments benefits on us?

  3. John Kite says:

    I worked in 3 states beginning in July 2011 until the 17th of November of 2012. I started working in Jackson Mississippi in June of 2012. I have layed off from work due to lack of work. Will I draw unemployment from Mississippi or one of the states that I worked in before?

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