Delaware unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to those who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own and meet other eligibility requirements. The program helps you cover living expenses when you’re out of work. The amount of money you receive each week depends on factors like your previous income and work history.
Delaware UI Benefits Calculator
The Delaware Unemployment Benefits Calculator helps you estimate your UI weekly benefits amount.
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.
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 quitting is one 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 request payments for each week that you are unemployed and wish to collect benefits. You can request weekly payments online using the WebBenefits website.
If you’d prefer not to use the internet, you can certify over the phone using the TeleBenefits system. You will be asked a series of questions when you request your weekly payments. To avoid committing unemployment fraud, answer all questions truthfully.
There are many things to watch out for after you apply for unemployment compensation.
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.
Job Training Assistance
The American Job Centers offer a variety of workshops, including but not limited to:
Basic Computer Training
On the other hand, the Delaware JobLink, a web-based online network system, provides services like:
Your Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA) is determined based on your wages in your base period. Your weekly benefit amount will be 1/46th of the two highest calendar quarters in your base period. If you have worked full-time during all four quarters, the benefit amount may be a little more than half your gross weekly wage but not more than the maximum WBA.
Q. What are the reasons for unemployment disqualifications in Delaware?
In Delaware, unemployment disqualification may occur due to various reasons, including:
You were fired from your job or you quit your job voluntarily
You didn't report correct wages
You hid crucial information regarding your wages or job separation
You didn't meet work search requirements
Q. Will the Division notify me if I meet monetary eligibility requirements?
Yes. You will receive a "Determination of Monetary Eligibility" that shows your wages in the base period and your Weekly Benefit Amount. The “Monetary Determination" will be mailed to you within three days after you file your unemployment claim. Note that your claim may still be rejected even after receiving the Determination letter if you don't meet other UI eligibility criteria.