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.

42 thoughts on “Arizona Unemployment Eligibility”

  1. Allen Hammond says:

    My position was grant funded and our renewal was not approved so my position will be eliminated. If the company offers me an interview for a lower paying position and I deny being interviewed (due to the low pay), will that disqualify me for unemployment?

    1. Sam says:


      If you decide not to accept the new position, it may be considered voluntary on your part. Please call the Unemployment Office for a detailed discussion.

  2. Miranda leusch says:

    I moved from Nevada a few weeks ago due to loosing my home I worked in Nevada but haven’t had any luck yet here finding a job. I also don’t have an az license yet can I file an unemployment claim in Arizona or do I have to file in Nevada?

    1. Sam says:


      If you lost the previous job due to involuntary reasons, please apply from the state where your employment was based.

  3. John Osborne says:

    I was involuntary terminated from my job after 11 years at the hospital. am i able to apply for unemployment

    1. Sam says:


      You should be eligible. Please consider applying.

  4. Ken says:

    I have been employed by the same company since 1994. I was laid off in Feb. 2017. I did not apply for unemployment, because I thought with my experience I could find another job.
    I am still employed in Oct. 2017. Am I still eligable to file for unemployment or am I disqualified because of the time lapsed?

    1. Sam says:


      Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website. I am guessing you should be eligible. Please consider applying.

  5. Katrina says:

    I’m starting school in two weeks and my job is starting to tell me they won’t work around my school schedule. Am I eligible for UE while in school?

    1. Sam says:

      Since your schooling affects eligibility to work and draw compensation, you may not qualify.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

  6. teri backen says:

    I was laid off with a salary of $52,000 annually. I received benefits for 6 months ending in Feb 2017. I have not found a job paying nearly that amount
    If I take a position for far less and am eligible to reapply for benefits?

    1. Sam says:

      Unemployment Insurance benefits are not revolving in nature. You would only be able to claim them for one full cycle.

  7. Zelda says:

    I was allowed to resign in lieu of being involuntary terminated. The reason verbally given was due to “performance issues”. The employer and I agreed that I would remain on payroll for 3 months after my last physical day working and receive compensation for the purpose of finding other employment during this time. My compensation for the 3 months has come to an end (as of last week) and during this time I have applied for two other jobs. I was not extended a job offer. Would I be eligible for unemployment benefits?

    1. Martin says:

      Well, personal reasons such as performance are not considered. You may not qualify for Unemployment Compensation.

      Please inquire further with the Unemployment Office in your state by calling them.

  8. Willow Blessing says:

    I recently moved here from out of state because my husband got transferred. Had to quit my job and haven’t had any luck finding work here so far. Am I eligible for AZ unemployment even though I’ve never worked in this state before?

    1. Martin says:

      You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  9. Barbie says:

    Worked in Az but do not have an AZ drivers license at the time- can I collect unemployment?

    1. Martin says:

      Please call the Unemployment Office in the state to confirm eligibility.

      Not sure if contracted workers would be eligible.

  10. Wayne says:

    As a school bus driver in Arizona, am I eligible for unemployment during the summer months?

    1. Martin says:

      UI benefits are generally not available to people with seasonal jobs.

  11. Kurt says:

    I work at a hotel. We are busy except in the months of July, August and September. Can I collect unemployment during those months?
    Because we are busy again October thru June.

    1. Martin says:

      Seasonal employment does not qualify.

      Please check further with the labor authorities in your state.

  12. Kim says:

    I applied for unemployment and was denied because I made less the 390 times the minimum wage and it was a voluntary quit due to me moving across state (3 hours away)…I’m going back to school soon.but I need some sort of income. ..what do I do?

    1. Martin says:

      If you think you’ve wrongly denied, file for an appeal. Cannot think of any other alternatives.

  13. DJ says:

    I was on unemployment and was offered a job as an independent contractor, this job is ending after only working for less than months, would i be eligible from my previous claim?
    thank you,

    1. Adrian says:

      I guess you should be able to. Please call the claims center and apply accordingly.

  14. Michelle says:

    I work per diem but I still work 18hrs a week. If something should go wrong would I be eligible for unemployment until I get another job?

    1. Adrian says:

      Not sure what you mean by “Go Wrong”. Please elaborate.

      If your job is on the rolls of the company and if you’re laid off, you can be eligible.

  15. 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.

    1. 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.

  16. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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?

      1. Adrian says:

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

        Please check with the labor dept in your state.

  17. Lisa Loughry says:

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

    1. Adrian says:

      You can, if you meet the eligibility.

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

  18. 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??

    1. Adrian says:

      You can if you are now ready to work and willing to accept any suitable job offer that comes your way.

  19. 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?

  20. 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.

  21. Pat says:

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

  22. 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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