Unemployment Benefits Eligibility

Author : Ray

Updated : June 21st, 2019

Eligibility for unemployment insurance is determined by state law. More than half of jobless workers do not claim unemployment benefits because either they do not qualify or feel the filing process to be very complex. Contrary to this, numerous people meet the criteria for benefits and state unemployment offices have also reduced the amount of necessary paperwork over a period of time. This article will make eligibility criteria clear for filing unemployment benefits.

Want to know if you are eligible? Use our Eligibility Calculator

Unemployment Eligibility Requirements

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Based on your state there may be eligibility requirements for unemployment coverage including having worked for a definite period of time. The Job Service may need job seekers to apply for jobs, submit resumes, and not turn down a position if it meets certain standards.

Other Eligibility Factors to determine benefits are:

  • Must be monetary eligible
  • Past earnings activity (labor force attachment)
  • Conditions of job separation
  • Be totally or partially unemployed
  • If you are identified as likely to tire out unemployment benefits and are registered in the worker profiling and reemployment services program, you have to fully participate in all assessment interviews, orientation, and referred reemployment services.

The State Job Service Offices are brilliant resources to aid with a job search. Many free services are provided including career counseling, job listings, resume and cover letter writing help, and training. Take benefit of the assistance state job service offices can give you –it will make your job easier.

Monetary Eligibility

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After filing an initial application for Unemployment Insurance benefits, you will obtain a Determination of Unemployment Compensation with facts about your monetary eligibility. The monetary determination is not an assurance of payment. It is to give advice to you and your employer that a claim for benefits has been filed, if qualified, what the weekly benefit rate will be and upon which earnings that rate is based.

Use our unemployment calculator to determine your eligibility.

Example 1:

Let’s take an example from the state of California. Anyone may file a claim for jobless benefits in California. However, not all those who file will be entitled. In order to be qualified you must first have adequate work and earnings to set up a claim (what’s recognized as Monetary Eligibility). The wages may be from work in California only, in California and another state(s), or from work with the federal government or U.S. military service in any state.

If in doubt, file the claim and allow the Employment Development Department (EDD) make the conclusion. If you cannot establish a valid California claim the EDD will tell you what your options are for getting a valid claim.

California glances at earnings grouped by calendar quarter. A quarter consists of three precise months; January, February, and March from the 1st quarter of the year, and so on. By law, the Employment Development Department can only employ the four quarters that ended before the last quarter to assess earnings. These four earnings are called the Base period of the claim; it is the only period of earnings that can be used to decide present eligibility.

How the Base Period is Determined?

Wages are drawn from a one-year period (four calendar quarters) to compute eligibility. This one-year period is called the Base Period.

If your claim is effective with any Sunday in: January, February, or March – The Base Period will be the first nine months (Jan-Sept) of last year and the last three months (Oct-Dec) of the year before last;

If your claim is effective with any Sunday in: April, May, or June – The Base Period will be all twelve months (Jan-Dec) of last year;

If your claim is effective with any Sunday in: July, August, or September – The Base Period will be the first three months of the current year (Jan-Mar) and the last nine months (Apr-Dec) of the last year;

If your claim is effective with any Sunday in: October, November, or December – The Base Period will be the first six months (Jan-June) of the current year and last six months (Jul- Dec) of the last year.

The quarter you file and the previous quarter (the months in red and white) do NOT count at all toward the Base Period, regardless of how much you earned. Neither does any time before the Base Period, even if you worked for fifty years. Benefits are only depending on the Base Period, which is, in turn, decided by the date you file for benefits.

Example 2:
Let’s consider the earnings requirements in California for example
You can establish a legal claim in two ways in the state of California:

  • Earn no less than $1300 in any one quarter of the Base Period, or
  • Earn no less than $900 in your uppermost quarter of earnings during the Base Period plus in the rest of the Base Period earn no less than 25% of the highest quarter earnings.

For instance, if you received $1000 in your highest quarter, the claim would only be legal if your total earnings all through the other three quarters amounted to $250, for a Base Period total of $1,250:

$1000 + (25% x $1000) = $1250 in total Base Period earnings.

So even though you earned $100,000 in your highest quarter, but did not earn as a minimum $25,000 all through the rest of the Base Period, you would not be qualified! Or if you only earned $899.99 in each quarter, you will fail by one penny. That is the rule.

When you file a claim the EDD will send back you a printed copy of the determination of monetary eligibility. Test out cautiously to settle on if your employer(s) reported your earnings properly. You can constantly request a recomputation if the data appears wrong.

EDD will also offer the following information:

  • The beginning and ending date of the claim
  • Weekly Benefit Amount
  • Maximum Benefit Amount

Weekly Benefit Amount

The sum of money to which a claimant may be entitled each week, based on the claimant’s covered wages paid during the base period.

Let’s consider an example from the state Mississippi:

The maximum Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA) allowed in Mississippi at this time is $235.00. Your WBA for unemployment insurance benefits depends on the total wages in the highest quarter of your Base Period and by dividing that amount by 26. The minimum WBA in Mississippi is $30.00. To estimate your WBA you must first determine what your wages are for the highest quarter during your Base Period.

To be eligible for benefits, you:

  • Must have worked in no less than two quarters of your base period,
  • Must have earned no less than $780.00 in the highest quarter of your base period, and
  • Must have earned 40 times your WBA in your base period.

The highest amount of benefits that can be paid to you during your Benefit Year is 26 times your WBA, or one-third of your total Base Period wages, whichever is the lesser.

If you file a claim for benefits and it is determined that you do not have enough wages in your base period to be eligible, you may reapply again after the quarter changes, if you are still jobless. The quarters used to decide the base period change every three months, on the first Sunday of January, April, July, and October.

Who can be claimed as a dependent?

If you do not meet the criteria for the maximum weekly benefit rate, you may be entitled to a dependency allowance. Dependant’s allowance is additional money added to a claimant’s weekly benefit amount if the claimant supports a dependent.

If you would like to claim a dependency allowance when you file your claim, you will be inquired to give the social security numbers of your dependent children.

Your dependent child or children must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Under 18 years of age.
  • Under 21 years of age and a full-time student.
  • A mentally or physically handicapped child of any age

You are required to give proof of dependency.

While you are receiving benefits, you must inform DUA (Department of Unemployment Assistance) if there is any change in the number of your dependent children or in your status of providing support. In total, 12 states pay dependency allowance.

For Example:

Total dependency allowance for Connecticut cannot be paid for more than five dependents ($75). California does not pay dependency allowances.

When to File for Unemployment?

Filing for unemployment must be the initial item on your plan when you have been laid-off. It might take a few weeks to collect a check, so the quicker you file, the faster you’ll get paid. A delay in filing will mean a wait in collecting unemployment benefits.

How to Claim Your Benefits?

In order to obtain unemployment compensation, workers must meet the unemployment eligibility requirements for wages earned or duration worked during an established (one year) period of time. Besides, workers must be firm to be unemployed through no fault of their own, so if you were fired or quit you may not be qualified for unemployment compensation.

Confirm with your State Unemployment Office for briefing on what benefits you are entitled to. You may be able to file over the phone. In various states, you can file online for unemployment.

In general, to file a claim you will need:

  • Social Security Number
  • Alien Registration Card if you’re not a US citizen
  • Mailing address including zip code
  • Phone number
  • Names, addresses and dates of employment of all your past employers for the last two years

Disqualification from Unemployment

The following conditions may disqualify you from collecting unemployment benefits depending on state law:

  • Quit without good cause
  • Fired for misconduct
  • Resigned because of illness (check on disability benefits)
  • Left to get married
  • Self-employed
  • Caught up in a labor dispute
  • Attending school

Check with the Unemployment Office if you have the above or any other special circumstances.

Frequently Asked Questions For Eligibility Criteria

Can I collect for voluntary termination of a job?

Yes, if the reason for leaving is justifiable and related to work or, in some circumstances, to domestic issues. Check with your state’s employment security office for clarification.

Will I qualify for unemployment if I was allowed to resign but received a severance package?

If you quit or get fired, then you are not eligible. Only hope is that you explain the situation to unemployment office (after you lose the job) and they consider your case under “good cause” provision.

If I start collecting social security does this stop my unemployment?

Unemployment insurance benefits are not counted under the Social Security annual earnings test and therefore do not affect your receipt of Social Security benefits. However, the unemployment benefit amount of an individual may be reduced by the receipt of a pension or other retirement income, including Social Security and Retirement benefits.

You should contact your state unemployment office for information on how your state applies the reduction.

Are elected officials eligible for unemployment compensation when terminated by a different employer?

The law does not allow using some types of wages to establish claims which include working as an elected official. Hence, may not be eligible to claim the benefit.

Can I file a claim if I already lost a week’s pay from my job?

Yes, because most states pay unemployment compensation benefits based on the amount of earnings for a particular week. However, it all depends upon your weekly benefit amount and, possibly, other factors. File the claim and see.

If I was contracted to work through a company and was let go due to loss of work can I file for unemployment?

Periods of self-employment don’t generally qualify for unemployment insurance claiming, as you’re not paying into the system. The other question likely is, do you qualify based upon your earnings from ex-employment other than the self-employment income? Depending on these factors it will be decided whether you are eligible or not.

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  1. I started a job in January then quit to leave my current job the beginning of september. We get laid off in a week, will unemployment go off my current job as well as my previous?

  2. I exhausted my benefits this summer 07/2016 or August 2016. No extensions were available. However the claim attendant did state that I would be eligible again in January 2017 even if I couldn’t find a job between all the months. Is this true? Can I use the same claim? I was laid off in January of 2016 and have not been successful with getting rehired. I did use the calculator and because I made enough money in those periods it states I am eligible.

    1. As far as I am aware, you can only claim for one full-cycle in all the states.

      Please call and speak to the office for clarification.

  3. I’m relocating to another state. I am working now, if I resign, 1. am I eligible for unemployment benefits 2. will it be from the state where I resigned

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

    1. If it hampers your ability to work full-time or seek employment, you will not be eligible.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further details in this regard.

  4. After working full time I was laid off and am eligible for unemployment in Ohio and waiting on my first check. I filed because I have a part time job that am not getting enough work. If my work picks up with my part time and am no longer eligible, will the entire claim process start again if I need to reapply including the base period and 1st week waiting period?

  5. Hi, I’m trying to figure out if I’m eligible for a 2nd claim. Here’s what EDD told me: “You are eligible to file new claim 12/18/16. The time period of 7/15 to 6/16 will be used to determine your award amount. In order for your claim to be valid you must have proof of work and earnings between 12/20/15 and 12/17/16. You must have a minimum of $1300 in one quarter to be eligible.”
    I’m a little confused by the difference in time period to determine award – 7/15 to 6/16 – and the time period I need to show earnings for – 12/15 to 12/16.
    But if I read this correctly, I should have a valid claim because I will receive $1500 before taxes on 11/16/16 for a one time job. (I finally found someone who would actually report they were paying me.) And my highest quarter is $14,500.00.
    Am I missing something?

  6. I was fired because i was late for work due to car trouble, company had until the 25th of October to make a decision it has been about 2 weeks since and i have not received a letter of determination does this mean they have not responded on time and now its the state decision? NC

    1. They will communicate the outcome of the determination process. Please wait or call the Unemployment Office for further details. If you think you were fired from the job without proper justification and if they deny on such basis, you can file an appeal.

    1. If you were originally working full time and moved to part time due to involuntary reasons such as hours cut down by the employer, you can be eligible to apply for and claim UI benefits.

  7. i filed for unemployment but was denied for not meeting the income requirements. However the quarters that are being used to determine my eligibility was when i was out on maternity leave. I was paid through the job insurance for my time out but it was not reported. My question is can funds earned while on maternity leave count as income towards my determination if i provide proof of getting paid.

    1. I think they should be counted as long as they are a part of the base period.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

  8. I was a part time employee working 25 hours a week making 12 an hour, I went full time for about 2 weeks now am back to part time and my employer is wanting me to look for another job before I get laid off due to the company not making enough money. If I stay here till I get laid off would I be eligible for unemployment?

  9. I have had a complete right shoulder replacement on 2/16/2016. Now I have complications with nerve damage and I can not lift my right arm. I have had numerous test which are still on going. I had short term disability that ended on 8/16/2016 and I can not return to work until I am at 100%. Can I be eligible for my unemployment insurance?

    1. Unfortunately, UI benefits are only extended to those who’re able and available for work. You may not qualify.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further information.

  10. Hi, I got unemployment for my fulltime Job that I lost, I continued to recieved for partial unemployment bc I have a part time job 2, my benefit year ended October 8,2016 and says I can file another claim on October 9th, I’m trying to file my weekly claim but it’s saying I can’t what do I do?

  11. I live in Washington State. I’m working a job that is 120 miles from my home. It is costing me to much on gas and mileage to my car. For the money I’m making the gas is taking most of my check. If I quit due to that reason would I be eligible for unemployment and if so how long would I have to of been working for that company to be eligible for benefits?

    1. Though quitting voluntarily from the job does not qualify, there can be exceptions such as yours. To be eligible, one needs to have considerable employment in the last 4-5 calendar quarters.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further information.

  12. I work in a seasonal job last year for first time I got unemployment in Dec 2015 to march2015 this year ima get laid off again I work full time can i apply for unemployment in October or do i have to wait till december

    1. Seasonal jobs do not qualify due to the obvious nature of the job and time off from work.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further information.

  13. Have been working full time for 19 years now employer is cutting my position to half time. Would I be eligible to collect unemployment if I chose not to accept new half time position?

    1. Do not resign voluntarily since that would make you ineligible. Instead, inquire about receiving partial benefits for the hours lost.

      Please call the Unemployment Office.

  14. I was working 2 jobs….i was at the first job for 1 1/2 yrs…second job i worked last aug, sept, oct, nov and then laid off…i kept 1st job…then in march went back to second job…they offered me more money so i went full time to second job and quit first job. Am I able to collect…also the first job was starting to be a hostile environment with alot favoritism going on and I wrote several letters to mgr asking for help with issues i was having to noavail…i couldnt deal with it anymore.

    1. You can be eligible as long as you worked full time and earned the required income. Your job contract also has a bearing.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for specific details.

  15. I am 61 years old and was with a company from Jan 2002 thru July 2016. I was let go due to poor work quality. I was given a 6 month severance package. Will I be eligible when the 6 months is up if I have not already found another job? Thank you for any help you can provide.

    1. You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons. Reasons such as performance are not considered.

      Please check further with the labor authorities in your state.

  16. I lost my job today due to breaking company policy. Would I still be eligible? I was working retail and loss prevention ended up getting called in due to other employees. While being interviewed myself, I admitted to drinking drinks and forgetting to pay for them. I paid them $35 upfront to cover the costs. Then followed my manager pulling me as well as the other employees to inform us that we were all losing our jobs. I have a child on the way and have zero income now.

  17. I had my interview today and the interviewer said this was a courtesy call and she had no further questions for me about the information i sent in. Is that a good thing.?

    1. Don’t worry about the call since it is a part of the verification process.

      Please wait for them to issue a letter of determination as per the turnaround time.

  18. I have filed unemployment in KY and now live in AK. We were relocated due to my husband’s work. My understanding is that both states have involuntary relocation as a qualified reason to receive benefits however, KY states that the rules in AK are not similar and are denying me benefits. How can I adequately justify an appeal?

    1. If AK has different rules, there is not much one can do about it.

      If you’re confident of your case, please ask for an adjudicator if they reject your claim to file an appeal.

  19. Can I apply for unemployment if my last job was in 2009. For the last 6 yrs I was receiving ssi and disability, but it stop on May, and i want to know if a qualified for unemployment. Thank You

    1. You will not qualify. To be eligible for UI benefits, you should have active employment in the last 4-5 calendar quarters and earned sufficient income.

  20. My husband’s job has relocated him from Texas to North Carolina. I have worked our whole marriage but will have to quit my job to move with him. Can I file for benefits? If so, which state do I file in?

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

  21. Im a cna in an in home private setting and work in a team of 2 ive been there a year the other cna. I quit bc my co worker cant properly lift our patient and has veen told several times how to do so .i ve spoke to my employers mom and she hasnt fixed the problem. Also my co worker talks about her sexual life and ive asked her not to . So again to my employers mom and she has done nothing.
    Yesterday i was just getting off from taking a phone call and my employers step father was in my face yelling at me infront of my patient and co worker nearly spitting on me telling i usr thr phone lately too much. Due to all of these things i simply had enough. Do i qualify for unemployment?

    1. Well, this is a tricky situation. If you leave voluntarily, you may not be eligible. On the other end, you can leave due to hostile work environment and claim until you find a job.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for precise information.

  22. My car broke down. So I went and got another car. Which broke down. My job was 124 miles round trip.
    Am I eligible to get Texas unemployment benefits?
    I meet all other requirements.

    1. Not sure if you will be eligible for the “distance” factor.

      Please inquire further with the Unemployment Office in your state.

  23. if I was fired with the possibility of being rehired but had personal problems and when I was ready to return to work they informed me that they were no longer hiring anyone due to the business being closed down. do you think I could receive benefits.

    1. At the behest, if you were fired due to voluntary reasons such as performance issues, you will not be eligible.

  24. I was laid off two weeks ago, due to company downsizing
    I have looked for job the past two weeks and could not find
    Can i file now retroactively for the past two weeks?

    1. If you left the job voluntarily, you will not qualify. If you were laid off, please consider applying.

      Use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website to estimate benefits.

  25. I was fired for an absolutely ridiculous reason in April of the year. In Florida, they consider the base period when an individual must have worked and earned wages in at least two quarters of the base period (the last 4 quarters before applying for Florida unemployment). So basically 2015 for me. I was a full time graduate student in 2015, in an accelerated program and was unable to work. I was taking 6 graduate credit hours every nine weeks. I have worked for 30 years, all of my employers paid FUTA, and now that I need it, I can’t get it. I have appealed, and I will appeal to the Commissioners, if the referee rules against me.

    What are my chances? I have asked since it’s a special circumstance, that they use different base period. ANY suggestions, ideas, thought, etc. would be appreciated. Please don’t tell me I am screwed….I already know that!

    1. Well, as you’re aware, UI benefits are provided on the basis of preceding employment in the previous quarters.

      If you’ve been employed sufficiently during the period, you will be eligible. You can call the Unemployment Office to ascertain the status of your application.

  26. iam in last stage of kidney diseases, my next option is dialysis or transplant, my health condition is deteriorating which make me not possible to work. where i cant stand, walk or sit even for shorter period of time, have pains in back, need rest walking every 5 meters, other medical conditions are also the factor contributing in this, will i be able to collect unemployment if i quit the job, my bosses know my conditions.

    1. Unfortunately, personal reasons such as health are not considered.

      Please inquire further by calling the Unemployment Office in your state.

  27. I work at home as a remote telephone operator. my company supplied computer broke down and i have been w/o work for three weeks until i get new computer sent to me… my employer asked me to check into getting benefits while this is happening… does this qualify for my eligibility due to its not fault that i have been w/o work

    1. You can be eligible in the interim.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further details and apply accordingly.

  28. I was suppose to submit my new claim this Sunday, got the letter that I qualify. Can you please tell me how much I will be getting. I am expecting to go back to my job sometime in July is what are goal. Please response to my email, thank you.

    Blanca Zamudio

    1. Please note this is a private forum and we do not have access to your claim details.

      Follow up with the claims center on the phone numbers provided.

  29. I was hired over a year ago for a particular job. The company recently lost an employee that did something completely different, but expects me to do that job, even though I do not know how. They have threatened me with termination. If this happens, do I qualify?

  30. My employer is planning a 1-2 week shut down in July. Can I file for unemployment for the time we are shut down?

    1. You should be able to, as long as its not a seasonal job.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further clarity.

  31. I worked for an Indiana company but in overseas (Singapore) for the last several years. I have been paying US and Indiana income tax every year. Last year November, I lost my job. Will I qualify for unemployment benefits if I return to Indiana? Thank you.

    1. You must have applied immediately after losing the job since one of the eligibility conditions requires you to be employed in the preceding 4-5 quarters.

      If you haven’t worked since Nov last year, please call the Unemployment Office in Indiana and apply accordingly.

  32. I worked at one company for 15 years, 2001-2016. At the start of this year I started with a new company, only to be laid off last week (4 months of employment.) Do I qualify for UI?

    1. Yes, you will be eligible. You can use the Benefits Calculator on this site for an estimate.

      Please consider applying.

  33. Worked in North Dakota for 2 years and recently laid off, moved home to Michigan to look for work. I opened a claim 4/25/2016, if I get hired construction in Michigan for the summer and work 6 months before being laid off for season can I restart my North Dakota claim?

    1. If you’re in a seasonal job, you may not be eligible for scheduled time off from work.

      Please check further with the labor authorities in your state.

  34. hi I am still waiting for my debit card will I be receiving it soon I have been out of work since Feb 25 2016 I’m am looking for work but I have not been able to find anything yet please let me know I am getting very nervous about not having any money thank you

    1. Please call the claims center on the phone numbers provided for an update.

      This is a private forum and we do not have access to your claim information.

  35. I started my claim on 10.15.15 ends on 10.14.16 but my balance will end on MAY and still no luck getting hired. What should i do after or before my balance is out?

    1. Please check with the Unemployment Office in your state and apply accordingly.

      Unfortunately, personal reasons such as health are not considered.

    1. Please note this is a private forum. Kindly contact the Unemployment Office in your state to know the status.

  36. My benefit year was from 04/05/2015 – 04/02/2016. My benefits ended in Oct/2016 (6 months). Unfortunately, I have not found a job yet, but would like to reapply today (4/4/2016). I do not know what to check off for: “Have you filed an Unemployment Insurance Claim in California in the last 12 months”. My last claim (payment) was Oct/2016. Is anyone else in a similar situation, and has an answer? Thanks in advance.

  37. I live in Silicon Valley, California, and I’m being laid off on Jun 1st after 20 years of uninterrupted employment in the software industry. I’m considering selling my house and moving to Oregon where living expenses are lower and to continue looking for employment there. Do I qualify for unemployment?

    1. If you’re voluntarily quitting your job to move out of the state for better prospects, you will not quality for Unemployment Benefits.

      UI is only extended to those who lose their job due to involuntary reasons such as Lay Offs.

  38. My hours have been cut in half because of physical problems. I cannot afford to lose my job and apply for SS. I have to miss 4-7 days of work to get short term disability which is also impossible. Can I get unemployment until I am able to get back to work full-time?

    1. Well, if the hours cut were due to involuntary reasons such as deliberation of the employer across the department, you can claim and receive.

  39. While my husband worked I was a stay at home Mom for a year and a half. I started a job this past Sept 2015 and was unfortunately laid off this past Jan 2016 through no fault of my own. I applied for unemployment only to be told I didn’t earn enough wages in a quarter to be eligible for benefits. I have never heard of such as the person has no control over when they are laid off with no return date due to low productivity. I have worked my entire life.

    1. I can understand your situation Melissa. Wish we could change the rules.

      If the eligibility conditions are not met, they will reject.

  40. My husband was laid of in Sept. He was given a 2 month severance package they also handed him a folder that he says was really thick and full of legal stuff he did not understand, when telling them he did not understand he was told it basically said he was agreeing not to file for unemployment an accepting the severance, They did not give him a copy to keep so now I am wondering if they can keep him from filing or if it was just stating he couldn’t file for the 2 months.
    He is very adamant they meant not to file at all period.
    He was confident with his experience he would find a job really fast and then things everywhere slowed down. My question is #1 Can they do that? #2 6 months later can he still file or has he missed a window he should have filed by? we have ran out of money and could be looking at losing our home because someone has convinced him he cannot file.
    He is to proud to go by the TWC and find out he feels as if he is asking for a hand out, but I feel like he pays taxes into that for this reason.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    1. I don’t this its legally valid to stop anyone from applying for UI benefits.

      Any jobless worker can apply after the expiry of the severance pay. Please speak the the Unemployment Office in your state and apply accordingly.

  41. I graduated college in may of 2013. My 1st job lasted 6 months Aug 13′ thru Feb 14′ due to my resignation for job related issues that don’t matter here.
    I found work in my related field of engineering in Sept 14′ thru Jan 15′ when I left this job to start a new one with better pay and prestige, etc. I gave my 2 weeks notice and began my new job in Feb 15′. I unfortunately was laid off in Apr 15′.
    I filed and was approved for UC benefits beginning May 15′ thru Sept 15′ when my UC benefits were exhausted to $0. My benefit year began 04/19/2015 and is set to end 04/16/2016.
    I luckily found work in Oct 15′ making over $50,000. Now I find myself laid off once again to no fault of my own. Using WI UC benefit calculator I made enough money during my last job to collect the maximum benefit rate.
    My question is: will my benefits begin again with a new benefit year or am I in a unique position where I fall through the cracks because I still am stuck in this original benefit year 04/19/2015 thru 04/16/2016?
    I’ve searched the internet and have not found the answer to this. Will my unemployment compensation start again?

    1. Unemployment Benefits are not revolving in nature. If there are any benefit weeks left in your account, you can receive.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for precise information.

  42. Have been in a management position for over a year with salary pay. Was recently told directions are changing for the company and I was being demoted from management entirely and demoted, And wanted to put me back to my starting driving position @ hourly pay being significantly lower. Can I file for unemployment.

    1. Please explore the relevant labor laws in this regard. We do not have precise information.

      Perhaps, you can call the Unemployment Office for precise details.

  43. I will leave my State job in two weeks to take care of my father who is in end stage renal failure. I have been employed for 17 months. Will I qualify for unemployment?

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

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