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Arizona Unemployment Rate, Eligibility and Benefits

Author : Jeff

Updated : June 21st, 2019

Arizona Unemployment Compensation is the benefit provided to the workers who have lost their jobs. People who are capable of fulfilling the eligibility of Arizona’s Unemployment requirements are eligible to claim the unemployment compensation.

Arizona Unemployment Claimants Eligibility

The Arizona claimant eligibility is stated such as when the claimants would have lost their jobs with no faults of their own. He/ she should be efficient enough and readily available to work. In addition the claimants should continuously look and try for full time work unless defined by Unemployment Insurance as a part time worker and they should be willing to accept a job for which they are qualified.

Unemployment Benefit Amount of Arizona

According to State Arizona Unemployment Insurance Guide you can claim the minimum benefit of $60 per week and maximum upto $240 per week.

Calculating Arizona Unemployment Insurance

For calculating your unemployment benefit you need to know the base period first. Usually base period will be the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters prior to the date you first applied for unemployment benefit.

  • The 1st quarter is January, February and March
  • The 2nd quarter is April, May and June
  • The 3rd quarter is July, August and September
  • The 4th quarter is October, November and December
  •  To calculate your base period first determine the quarter in which you filed your initial claim.
  • If you filed your initial claim in the 1st quarter of 2012 your Base Period is the 4th quarter of 2010 through the 3rd quarter of 2011.
  • If you filed your initial claim in the 2nd quarter of 2012 your Base Period is the 1st quarter of 2011 through the 4th quarter of 2011.
  • If you filed your initial claim in the 3rd quarter of 2012 your Base Period is the 2nd quarter of 2011 through the 1st quarter of 2012.
  • If you filed your initial claim in the 4th quarter of 2012 your Base Period is the 3rd quarter of 2011 through the 2nd quarter of 2012.
  • Your new claims benefit amount will be based on where you worked during this 12-month period.

Source of Unemployment Insurance Fund

The revenue is funded by the employers as their quarterly unemployment insurance tax and note that nothing is contributed from the employee’s wages. This Unemployment insurance tax amount will be used to pay the compensation to the qualified employees of Arizona.

Arizona’s Unemployment rate and the Job Added

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 8.7 percent as of February 2012 as most of the sectors are added for the additional jobs in order to improve the State’s economy.

State Government has organized some additional jobs over half of the additional jobs, mostly from the sector of good educational background.  The State Arizona has offered more than 42,600 jobs in the earlier year of February 2012.

The unemployment rate of Arizona has fell down to 8.7 percent with 260,443 Arizona unemployed rate since February 2012. The State Unemployment rate was 0.4 percent higher than that of nation’s rate for the month.

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    1. Angie,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  1. I have exhausted my unemployment benefits in the state of Texas. When I called and asked how to go about with the extension, I was told that the extension were done away with in 2013. I’ve been looking for work and have yet to find something. Is it possible to receive an extension or are my exhausted benefits the end of the line? And if there is a way for an extension, how do I go about the claiming process?

    1. Jarese,

      I can understand your situation. The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available.

  2. I’ve been receiving UI bennifits for 3 months. I was surprised yesterday when I opened an email asking for one of the companies information, why I left, etc. I called the UI office this morning and was told that this fortune 100 company is able to reply, furthermore fight my claim and possibly making me pay back the claim. I’m just very confused how they, the old company can chime in 12 weeks after my claim was already processed. Even more confused, as the original letter has that companies name on it.
    Thanks!

    1. Evan,

      If you suspect something amiss, please raise an issue with the Unemployment Office. This might be a classic case of fraud.

  3. Hi Jeff,
    I am in California and last month I exhausted all of my unemployment, I turned 61 and never thought that age would be such an issue but can’t seem to land a job. Question – if I don’t get a job by the end of my “current benefits years end” can I open a new claim and be able to receive additional unemployment after my current benefits year runs out?
    Thanks, Don

  4. Can you receive unemployment while receiving severance payments or do you need to wait until all severance is paid to start receiving unemployment?

      1. I’m confused. When I called the Texas Workforce Commission they said Emergency Unemployment Compensation has not been offered in Texas since 2013.
        I asked about Extended Benefits. They took my information and I received a determination that I was eligible. The next day I got another determination that I was not eligible due to:
        ” Issue: Insufficient Wages Between Benefit Years
        Decision: Your claim is not valid. We have cancelled your claim and cannot pay you benefits.
        Reason for Decision: Our investigation found you have not earned wages equal to six (6) times
        your weekly benefit amount since the beginning date of your last benefit year.
        Date of Cancelled Claim: 09-22-19
        Beginning Date of Your Last Benefit Year: 09-16-18
        Law Reference: Subsection 207.021(a)(7) of the Texas Unemployment Compensation Act.”

        Actually I had earned ~30k from a severance package since the beginning date of my last benefit year.
        Six times my weekly benefit amount is only~ $3k??

        Any idea?
        Any help would be appreciated.

    1. If you are receiving continuing severance payments, you are not eligible to file for UI benefits until those payments end. You should file your claim after 7 days of the receipt of your last severance payment.

  5. I have been trying very hard to get a number I can call to have one (1), I say again one (1), question answered. I am a contractor and have been working in many states in the course of my career. My last job was here in Mobile AL at ST Engineering Aerospace and I saw something about needing to be employed for 18 months in Alabama to qualify for benefits. I had a claim in Tennessee and they have a way of filing when you have worked in different states. I forget what it is called but my question to you is does Alabama have a way that I can file after working in different states?

    1. Kevin,

      Please note this is a private forum. If you’ve filed from TN, suggest you reach out to the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  6. DO YOU HAVE TO ACCEPT A POSITION THAT HAD OFFERED YOU SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER WAGES THAN YOUR PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT; ESPECIALLY IF THE WAGES DO NOT COVER YOUR MONTHLY FINANCIAL
    OBLIGATIONS?

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