Delaware Unemployment Benefits
The Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits provide temporary financial assistance to those who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own and meet other eligibility requirements. We have listed eligibility criteria for qualifying for Delaware unemployment benefits and much more information on this page.
Eligibility To Apply For UI Benefits In Delaware
You must meet the monetary and job separation requirements to qualify for unemployment benefits in Delaware.
To be monetarily eligible for Delaware unemployment benefits, you must have been paid at least 36 times your weekly benefit amount by a covered employer in the base period. In Delaware, the base period is the last four of the five complete calendar quarters before filing your new claim. If you don’t have enough wages in your base period, the Delaware Division of Unemployment Insurance will consider your wages in the alternate base period.
- Covered employer is an employer with 50 or more employees for each working day during each of 20 or more calendar workweeks in the present or preceding calendar year.
- In Delaware, the base period is the last four of the five complete calendar quarters before filing your new claim. If you don’t have enough wage in your base period, the Delaware Division of Unemployment Insurance will consider your wage in the alternate base period.
You would qualify for Delaware unemployment benefits only if you become unemployed through no fault of your own. You won’t receive benefits if you voluntarily quit your job unless the reason for quit is any of the following:
- You are working in an unsafe working environment
- You are facing domestic or family violence
- You had a medical condition and were unable to work
- Your employer made significant changes to your job responsibilities without your consent
You must maintain your UI eligibility to receive benefits without any hassle. You can maintain your eligibility in the following ways:
Be able to work – You must be physically and mentally be able to work.
Be available for work – You should be available to take up a suitable job.
Actively look for work – You should actively look for work and record your weekly contacts on the “work search log.” Note that the Division may verify and audit your work search log any time.
How To Apply For UI Benefits In Delaware?
You must submit the following documents to apply for UI benefits in Delaware:
You can file for Delaware unemployment benefits online at UICS.DELAWAREWORKS.COM. If you have any queries, you can contact the Division of Unemployment Insurance.
How To File Weekly Claims
You must request payments for each week that you are unemployed and wish to collect benefits. You can request weekly payments online using WebBenefits – https://ui.delawareworks.com/. You can also file by phone using TeleBenefits 302-761-6576 for New Castle County or Toll-Free 800-794-3032 Outside New Castle County.
Note that you will be asked a series of questions when you request your weekly payments. To avoid committing fraud, answer all questions truthfully.
UI Benefits Amount
The weekly UI benefit amount depends on your base period wages. In Delaware, the maximum Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA) you can receive is $400, and the minimum is $20.
Use the benefits calculator to determine the estimated weekly unemployment benefit amount.
Things To Know After Filing An Application
You must know several aspects after filing for Unemployment Insurance in Delaware. They include:
You must report all earnings while requesting payments. Failure to disclose wages or knowingly making a false statement to secure more benefits will result in overpayment due to fraud. Consequences of receiving overpayment through fraud include disqualification from benefits for one year, prosecution, and a fine or imprisonment.
Generally, the Delaware Division of Unemployment Insurance provides benefits for up to 26 weeks. But if the state’s unemployment rate is too high, it may provide extended benefits. Visit the Division to know more about the extended benefits.
Job Training Assistance
The American Job Centers offer a variety of workshops, including but not limited to:
- Basic Computer Training
- Job Search
- Interview Strategies
On the other hand, the Delaware JobLink, a web-based online network system, provides services like: