Indiana Unemployment Benefits
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development provides Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits to those who lost their job through no fault of their own. Read through the page to know about eligibility requirements to qualify for UI benefits in Indiana and much more.
Eligibility To Apply For UI Benefits In Indiana
You must meet the monetary and job separation requirements to be eligible for Unemployment Insurance in Indiana.
You must meet the following criteria to be monetarily eligible for Indiana unemployment benefits:
- Your total wages during the base period must be at least 1.5 times the wages in the highest quarter of your base period
- Your base period wages must total at least $4,200 of which at least $2,500 must be earned in the 6 months of your base period
In Indiana, the regular base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before the week you file a new claim.
You will qualify for Indiana unemployment benefits only if you lost your job through no fault of your own. If you voluntarily quit your job, you may not qualify for benefits unless the reason for quit is any of the following:
- Your employer made significant changes to the terms or conditions of your work without your consent
- You are working in an unsafe working environment
- You are facing domestic or family violence
- You are moving out with your spouse
You must maintain your eligibility to continue to receive benefits without any hassle. You can maintain your eligibility in the following ways:
- You must be physically able to work
- You must be able to readily available to take up work
- You must document your work search activities
- You must be register for work on IndianaCAREERconnect.com
- You must actively look for work
In addition, you must also accept a job offer that pays at least 90% of your previous wage during weeks 5-8 of receiving UI benefits. After 8 weeks of collecting unemployment benefits, you must accept a job offer that pays at least 80% of your previous wage.
How To Apply For UI Benefits In Indiana?
You must submit the following documents to apply for UI benefits in Indiana:
You can file for Indiana unemployment benefits through any of the following methods:
You may file for benefits at www.in.gov/dwd/unemployment. Note that you must complete your claim by 8:59 p.m. EST on Saturday of the week you become unemployed to receive unemployment benefits for the following week.
You can also file for unemployment benefits by phone system at 1-800-298-6650. Note that you won’t have access to the uplink system if you file by phone and will have to collect all UI information by telephone.
How To File Weekly Claims?
You must submit your weekly claim (commonly known as Voucher) the week following your initial unemployment claim and each week thereafter. You can file weekly certification through the online system—Uplink. Note that the week runs from Sunday, 12:00 a.m. through Saturday, 8:59 p.m., Eastern time.
UI Benefits Amount
Your weekly benefit amount is based on the total wages you earned in your base period. In Indiana, the maximum weekly benefit amount you can receive is $390.
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 Indiana. They include:
You may sometimes receive unemployment overpayment due to:
- Administrative errors
- Reversal of previous unemployment decision
- Failure to report wages and other necessary information
- Wilful misinterpretation or false statements
If you receive unemployment overpayment, the Department of Workforce Development will send you a notice that includes instructions on repaying the overpaid amount. Note that you must repay the overpayment fully. If you fail to do so, the Department will deduct the amount from your future benefits or withhold federal or state income tax return to recover the overpaid amount
You can pay back overpayment online at payingov.com/dwd or by phone at 888-877-0450. You can also mail to the following address:
Indiana Workforce Development
Attn: UI Cashiering
10 North Senate Avenue, SE 001
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2277
Overpayment Through Fraud
If you intentionally provide incorrect information about your wages or eligibility to secure more benefits, the Department will consider it as overpayment through fraud. If found guilty, you will have to pay a penalty of 25% of overpayment for the first claim, 50% of the overpayment for the second, and 100% of the overpayment for the third claim. You will also be disqualified from receiving benefits and may face criminal charges.
Generally, Indiana Workforce Development provides benefits for up to 26 weeks. But if the state’s unemployment rate is too high, it may provide extended benefits. Visit Workforce Development to know more about the extended benefits.
Job Training Assistance
The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program and the WorkOne Center/American Job Center (AJC) offer a wide variety of services to assist job seekers like you with the job search process. Some of the services that TAA offers include:
- Individual Career Counseling
- Individual Employment Plans (IEP)
- Short-term Pre-vocational Services
- Financial Aid Information
- Comprehensive Assessments
- Information on Available Training Providers/Programs
- Supportive Service Information
- Employment Statistics Information (Local Labor Market Trends)