Delaware Unemployment Calculator
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The most recent figures for Delaware show an unemployment rate of 12.5%.
Non-Monetary Eligibility Requirements
You can collect benefits if you meet a series of legal eligibility requirements:
- Have earned qualifying wages
- Are unemployed through no fault of their own,
- Are able and obtainable to work full-time and
- Are keenly looking for full-time work
In addition to having adequate earnings, you must meet other eligibility benefits to be entitled for UI benefits. Some instances of issues that may influence eligibility for UI benefits comprise:
- Reason for job separation
- Proper weekly claim filing
- School attendance
- Self employment or corporate offices
- Strike or labor disputes
- Denial of a job offer
- Alien status
- School employee
- Illness or injury
- Professional athlete
More details on UI eligibility can be found in the unemployment eligibility article.
Monetary Eligibility Requirements
To gain eligibility for benefits, you must have been paid at least thirty-six times your weekly benefit amount by a covered employer in your base period. The amount of your benefit will be 1/46 of your wages in the two highest wage quarters in the base period.
The eligible applicants would receive a minimum of $20, and cannot earn than a maximum of $330 a week.
For more information on Base Period and monetary determination refer unemployment eligibility article.
How long will I receive benefits:
Usually, most states permit an individual to obtain unemployment for a maximum of 26 weeks, or half the benefit the benefit year. A few states have standardized benefit duration, while most have different durations depending upon the worker. In a state with varied duration, it is probable that the benefit year may include less than 26 payable weeks.
The calculation is normally which us smaller: 26xWBA or 1/3 BPW. WBA is the Weekly Benefit Amount, so 26xWBA would be the regular week program. 1/3 BPW refers to the Base Period Wages, so if a person did not succeed to earn more than 3 times the standard benefit amount, they will be suitable for fewer weeks of coverage.
How much weekly benefit will I receive:
You can guess your Potential Benefits Online. Your weekly benefit amount and the number of weeks of entitlement to benefits are based on the wages you were paid and amount of time you worked during your base period. The weekly benefit amount is calculated by dividing the sum of the wages earned during the highest quarter of the base period by 26, rounded down to the next lower whole dollar. The result cannot exceed the utmost weekly benefit permitted by rule.
The base period is the term used to describe the time frame used as the basis for deciding whether or not you will be monetarily eligible for unemployment.
How are Benefits Calculated:
Once you make out how the unemployment are calculated, you will have a fair idea of how much you could receive per week or per benefit period if you were to lose your job. This is significant when you think taking unemployment or searching another job.
Unemployment is computed and one half of what your weekly pay was at the time of the discharge up to your state's maximum benefit. You will have to verify with your state's unemployment office to see what the highest payout for your state is. For further details refer unemployment benefits article.
Recently Asked Questions:How do I know if I'm eligible?
There are certain wage requirements based on the amount of money that you were paid while you were employed. The amount of money you were paid during your base period (the first four of last five completed calendar quarters) determines your "weekly benefit amount (WBA)". In addition, you must be unemployed through no fault of your own, able to work, available for work, looking for work and willing to accept a job for which you are qualified.
How much can I recieve in benefits?
The booklet Your Guide to Unemployment Insurance Benefits that you will receive when you file your new claim includes a "Weekly Benefit Amount Chart" that indicates the range of minimum to maximum benefits for which you may be eligible. The amount is known as the "weekly benefit amount (WBA)". The current range provided by the Delaware Unemployment Insurance Law is $20 to $330.
How is my Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA) determined?
The weekly benefit amount (WBA) is based on the amount that you were paid during the base period. The base period is the first four of the last five calendar quarters completed as of the Sunday before you file your first claim for benefits. Your weekly benefit amount will be 1/46th of your two highest calendar quarters in the base period. If you worked full-time during the four quarters, your WBA will be a little more than half your gross weekly wage up to the maximum weekly benefit amount in effect at the time.
How do I know if I am monetarily eligible and how much money I will actually get?
You will receive a form called a "Determination of Monetary Eligibility." It will show your base period wages and your weekly benefit amount if you are monetarily eligible. The " Monetary Determination," is mailed to you within 3 days after you file your claim. This is for your records and it contains a completed copy of your base period earnings. It lists all the employers who are covered by the Delaware Unemployment Insurance Law and all wages these employers reported under your Social Security number and your name during the base period. It also shows your "Weekly Benefit Amount" and the maximum amount of benefits you could be eligible to receive.
What are my responsibilities as a claimant?
If you are receiving unemployment insurance benefits, you must be able to work and available for work. In addition, you must make an active search for work, register for work with the Division of Employment and Training when required to do so, accept suitable work as defined by law, file a weekly claim for benefits properly and on time (see the question, How often do I file claims and when must I file claims?, for more information), and report to the local unemployment insurance office when directed to do so. You must report all wages, including self-employment and odd jobs, pensions, annuities, holiday pay, vacation pay, severance pay, and bonuses and special payments.
What type of notices will I receive?
There are many types of notices that will be sent to you while you are filing for unemployment insurance. Read all notices you receive carefully. If you have any questions, call the UI office immediately. Occasionally, you will receive a notice asking that you report to the local office or to be available by telephone at a specific date and time if we need additional information from you. If you have filed any type of appeal, you will get a notice telling you the time, date and place of your appeal hearing. You may be called in periodically for an Eligibility Review Interview. You will be given an "Eligibility Review Questionnaire" when you file your claim. Also, you may periodically be sent an "Eligibility Review Questionnaire" to complete and return to us. The questionnaire helps us offer you assistance in searching for work, and enables us to make sure you are still available for full-time work and that you are actively seeking work. It tells us whether you are also meeting the other eligibility requirements of the law. Therefore, it is important that you carefully and thoughtfully complete the form and that you appear on time on the correct date when scheduled for an "Eligibility Review Interview." Failure to do so may result in your benefits being denied or delayed.
What if I have moved to Delaware from an area outside of the state?
Your claim is governed by the laws of the State against which you file. This is called an "Interstate" claim. The Delaware office will take your claim and forward all the information to the State where you worked. Any benefits you receive will be paid by the State against which you filed and will be mailed directly to your home. You must meet all the requirements of that state's laws in order to be eligible. Also, you must be registered for work with the Delaware Job Service when required to do so and must be actively looking for work in the area where you now live. Since the laws of each State are different, it is possible that your base period, benefit year and check amount will be different from that of a Delaware worker. Your claim is governed by the laws of the State against which you file (the State that pays your benefits). You may file in Delaware against any of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands. Note: Different States may also have different penalties, rules for dependents' allowances and sick claims. Also, other deductions may be required.
Can I have my unemployment check deposited directly into my checking/savings account?
The Delaware Division of Unemployment Insurance is pleased to offer Direct Deposit of unemployment insurance benefits to new and existing claimants. With Direct Deposit your weekly unemployment insurance benefits payment is electronically deposited into your checking or savings account as long as your financial institution participates in the Direct Deposit program. It is your responsibility to verify that your financial institution will accept Direct Deposit to your account. Some banks and credit unions will not accept Direct Deposit or they require that a special account number be used for Direct Deposit. Many brokerage accounts will not accept electronic transactions of any type.
Can I file for unemployment benefits online via the internet?
You can file your claim for unemployment benefits online via the internet. This site permits an unemployed Delaware worker to file an initial claim for unemployment insurance benefits via the Internet. Apply online at ui.delawareworks.com
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