Mississippi 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 $1200 in the base period in Mississippi?
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: 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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What is the Eligibility Criteria in Mississippi?
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 Mississippi?
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:
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.
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.
How Benefits are calculated?
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The minimum benefits amount in Mississippi is $30.
The maximum benefits amount in Mississippi is $235
A "base period" is four consecutive calendar quarters that fall within the 18 month period before establishing a new benefit year.
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