Indiana Unemployment Eligibility

In order to remain eligible for unemployment insurance benefits, you must meet the following requirements.

Non Monetary Eligibility

  • Become unemployed through no fault of your own
  • Must be able, available and actively seeking full-time
  • Be registered for work
  • Must quit voluntarily with good, work-related reasons
  • Must be fired for “just cause”

Monetary Eligibility

Your benefit amount depends on how much money you earn while working during your base period.

Your base period includes the first 4 of the last 5 completed calendar quarters before the week you file an initial claim application for a new benefit year. The wages you earn during this period of time are used to determine if you qualify for benefits and to calculate how much you can be paid. The last quarter worked is called the lag quarter, and no wages from that quarter count in your base period.

To establish a valid claim, you must meet the following requirements:

  • During your base period months, you must have wages of $4200 of which $2500 must be in the last 6 months of the base period
  • Also, your total wages in the base period must be at least 1.5 times your highest quarter wages

Eligibility Questions

What happens if I am fired?

A claims deputy within the agency’s administrative office will need to make a determination of whether or not you are eligible for benefits. You must provide fact finding information as part of your online application. Your benefit eligibility determination will be based on the fact finding information you provide, as well as information provided by your employers. Your most recent employer and your base period employer(s) will be contacted for information regarding your claim.

If you were fired for “just cause” you may not qualify for benefits. Just cause includes, but is not limited to:

  • Giving false information on a job application
  • Knowingly breaking an employer’s rules
  • Unexcused absence or tardiness
  • Purposely damaging the employer’s property
  • Refusal to obey employer instructions
  • Reporting to work under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Consuming drugs and/or alcohol on the job
  • Conduct that threatens the safety of others
  • Conviction and imprisonment for a serious crime
  • Breach of a duty you owed your employer

What should I do if I am laid off?

Usually in Indiana, you have to become jobless through no fault of your own in order to receive unemployment benefit insurance.

When you get laid-off, it is not your fault and hence you are entitled to receive jobless benefits.

Getting laid-off doesn’t mean that you were fired or you did something incorrect. It simply means that the company in which you worked did not have enough work and could no longer afford to pay you for your job.

If you get laid off, you must apply for benefits without any delay.

Can I collect benefits if I quit my job?

If you quit voluntarily without good, work-related reasons, you may not be entitled for benefits. Good, work related reasons include, but are not limited to:

  • Your employer arbitrarily (unreasonably) changes the terms or conditions of your work
  • Safety violations at your work site
  • Harassment
  • Domestic or family violence
  • Moving to follow a spouse accepting a new job
  • Military service

Employees who accept payment in exchange for voluntarily resigning or retiring are considered to have quit voluntarily and are not eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.

Can I get benefits if I am a seasonal worker?

If your employer has been granted seasonal status (the business operates less than 26 weeks a year) and has requested the designation of seasonal employer, you will not be eligible for benefits during the off season. You will be notified if your employer has been granted seasonal status on your Wage and Benefit Computation.

Can school employees collect benefits during school vacations?

Not usually. If teachers and other school employees expect to return to school at the end of scheduled breaks, they may not qualify for benefits. Some exceptions do apply.

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  1. I am graduating college in May, and I currently have a paid internship. I am leaving that job/internship to take a new job, post graduation, but the new job will not start for 6-8 weeks. Am I able to draw unemployment during the time I am unable to work?

    1. Dear Elaine,
      Have you worked the job for at least one year? If you were or earned money during your base period, you may be eligible. It sounds like your internship is ending, and you are out of work not by choice.

      The “base period” is the earliest 4 of last 5 complete work quarters. For example–if you apply for unemployment in March 2022, the base period would be October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021. Since the last complete calendar quarter was October 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021, the base period is the four quarters preceding that one). Most states have exceptions, however, so that you don’t have to go back quite so far to show a work record.

      You must have earned at least $2,500 in the last six months of your base period or at least $4,200 in the entire base period to qualify for benefits.

      Although it makes no sense in your case, you do need to show Indiana you are actively engaged in finding some type of work.

      I would suggest checking with Indiana unemployment office if you do meet the above criteria.



  2. I am a paraprofessional with a hourly salary at an elementary school. During the summer break I will not be receiving a pay check and wondering if I could collect unemployment during the summer break?

    1. Jeremy,

      Please check with your employer if they pay UI taxes. This is detrimental for you to claim (in case you’re eligible).

  3. While working full time I did seasonal job on my weekends. My seasonal job lasts only 14 weeks. I continued with my full time job and got laid off due to covid from my full time job. My unemployment got rejected just on basis of my seasonal job. Do I not qualify for unemployment from my full time employer where I worked more than 40 hours a week?

    1. Dechan,

      You might be able to claim basis your full-time job. A bare condition for claiming UI benefits is you should be out of work totally.

  4. When I applied for unemployment I carefully reported deductible income I received in a lump sum. However I miscalculated the week that I would be eligible to file a voucher. I watched a tutorial where the gentleman explained the “system” would catch the error and the claim would be referred to an investigator. Do I need to notify Unemployment personally or wait for someone to contact me. Thankyou

  5. What happens if my employer tells me that I need to either resign my position and get paid severance for a month or that they’ll fire me if I don’t do that? Am I eligible then?

  6. I am a 9 month contracted college professor for a state funded Indiana college. This summer, enrollments are low for my 3 month contract, and the courses may be cancelled, leaving me unemployed. Would I qualify for unemployment benefits this summer?

    1. Rebecca,

      Contracted workers do not generally qualify since employers’ don’t remit Unemployment Taxes into the system. Your HR department might be able to give you clarity on this front.

  7. If I’m through a staffing agency for 3 years and apply for full time and am let go because of a five year old felony in my background but was honest on my application could I get unemployment?

    1. Pete,

      You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

    1. Layne,

      Seasonally employed do not generally qualify to claim UI benefits due to the nature of work. Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for assistance.

  8. if im fired for calling off because of family emergancies thur out the year can I collect unemployment I been employed for 10 months

    1. Lovie,

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

  9. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits if I had to leave my current job of 3 months due to a non compete dispute with my prior employer?

    1. Chris,

      UI benefits are extended to those who lose their job due to involuntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office in your state before making a decision.

  10. If the company I work for is having to cut hours how many hours can I work to still qualify for unemployment

    1. Carol,

      You can claim partial UI benefits for the hours cut. To get more information, I suggest you call the Claims Center of the Unemployment Office in your state.

  11. Can I received unemployment if I had to quit my job to move out of state due to mothers health and well being?

    1. Karina,

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

  12. I currently work 25 to 30 hours a week and have been working these hours for three years. I’ve learned that my position is being eliminated at the end of June. Since I work part-time hours will I be eligible for any benefits?

    1. Suan,

      Post exit, you’re required to fulfill the eligibility requirement which includes the monetary component. Part-time workers are generally not eligible. Please call the Unemployment Office to confirm.

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