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Max. Weekly Benefit Amount
$489
Max. Weeks of Benefits
26
Current Jobless Rate
3.6%
Max Weekly Benefit Amount
$489
Max Weeks of benefits
26
Current Jobless rate
3.6%

Updated : September 6th, 2019

Wyoming Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment Insurance in Wyoming is paid to unemployed people who have lost jobs without cause. The unemployment insurance scheme is a joint state-federal program, designed to assist those who quit their jobs with a “good cause”.

Continue reading to find out more on the Wyoming unemployment insurance policy, and all the information that you will need to know while you apply for benefits.

Eligibility to Apply for UI Benefits in Wyoming

The state of Wyoming has set certain parameters to identify those who are eligible to receive the weekly benefit analysis. The parameters include the wages an applicant has earned in the base period, the reason for separation and applicant’s role in maintaining eligibility during the benefit period.

In order to gain eligibility, applicants must satisfy three major parameters set by the state. The parameters are as follows:

Monetary Eligibility

Applicants must satisfy the monetary parameters set by the state of Wyoming to gain eligibility for weekly benefits. The parameters involve the applicant’s employment duration in the base period and the wages earned.

The base period in the state of Wyoming represents one year of work and the wages earned. Whereas the calendar quarters are the blocks of three month-periods in the base year, and each base period consists of four calendar quarters.

To be eligible for the unemployment benefits in Wyoming, the applicants must have worked in at least two quarters in the previous four quarters. The applicants should also have earned a minimum of $3,350 during the base period. Also, the applicant must have total wages which are 1.4 times more than the wages earned in the highest quarter.

The benefit amount is provided is based on wages earned in the base period. In Wyoming, the maximum benefit amount an applicant can earn is $489, and the minimum benefit amount is $35.

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Eligibility requirements – overview

Maintaining Eligibility

Along with establishing the monetary eligibility to receive weekly benefits, the applicant must also disclose the reason for separating from the previous organization.

As per the law in Wyoming, if the applicant separated from the previous organization as per his/her own will, or due to any of his/her shortcomings, then he/she would not be eligible for weekly benefits.

Job Separation

Along with establishing the monetary eligibility to receive weekly benefits, the applicant must also disclose the reason for separating from the previous organization.

As per the law in Wyoming, if the applicant separated from the previous organization as per his/her own will, or due to any of his/her shortcomings, then he/she would not be eligible for weekly benefits.

Maintaining Eligibility

The applicants will have the responsibility of maintaining eligibility criteria during the entire benefit period. If at any time during the benefit period an applicant fails to maintain eligibility, his/her benefits will be stopped.

Following are the responsibilities of the applicant during the benefit period include:

  • The claimant must be actively seeking work by contacting at least two different employers every week. The applicant may also apply to two different positions under the same employer to maintain eligibility
  • The claimant must be of sound physical and mental health during the benefit period
  • If a claimant receives a job offer from an employer, he/she must accept the offer or else may lose eligibility
  • The claimant must report all information accurately. Any wrong information will amount to fraud
  • The claimants must report every dollar earned and every hour worked to the department during the benefits weeks
  • All claimants must make sure that they register at www.wyomingatwork.comwithin the first week they file for employment. Failing to do so will result in cancellation of eligibility
  • In order to get benefits, the claimants should make sure to complete a resume and virtual recruiter on Wyoming At Work website
  • The claimant must make at least one update on his/her account every 90 days, and failing to do so would result in the stoppage of benefits

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How to Apply For UI Benefits?

To apply for unemployment benefits in the state of Wyoming, you should make sure to hold the following documents:

  • The name and social security number of the applicant
  • Your current address and phone number
  • The name, address and phone number of your last employer
  • Last working day of the applicant and the most recent pay stub from the last employer
  • If you have worked outside Wyoming in the last 18 months, then the names and date worked for your employer

In order to file a new claim or to reopen an existing claim, the applicants may choose from the following mediums:

Online:

You can file for unemployment benefits in Wyoming through the official website of the Wyoming Department of Workforce by logging on to https://wyui.wyo.gov/benefits/home.do. You will have to create a WYUI username and password to gain access to the website. Please note that you will be subjected to fraud charges if someone else files the claim on your behalf.

Telephone:

The applicants may dial (307) 473-3789 to reach the Wyoming Department of Workforce in order to file claims for weekly benefits. The line provides services in both English and Spanish, which the applicant can choose while navigating through the Interactive Voice Response system (IVRS).

Applicants who intend to file claims through telephone and online mediums need to know that they must file the claims on a weekly bases. Each of these weeks in which benefits are received by the claimants is called benefit weeks.

Pay-order:

The state of Wyoming also allows the applicants to file for unemployment benefits through a pay order. Pay order is sent out once in two weeks, unlike the online and telephone mediums, which needs to be filed weekly.

How to File Weekly Claims

In order to receive timely benefits, claimants must remember to file a continued claim each week and to maintain the eligibility factor without fail. To make sure that the filing of claims is considered timely, your Continued Claim(s) must be by or before fourteen (14) days after the week has ended. You must also remember to keep track of the correct dates to file because if you do not file within the stipulated time, benefits could be withheld.

Once the account is created, you will receive a Personal Identification Number (PIN). This PIN will be used to file the weekly claims over the telephone. You will also receive a ReliaCard prepaid debit card issued by U.S. Bank, which is issued to all claimants. The department would make payments into this account at a time of emergency when conventional checks are not being accepted. You can also request the department to make payment directly into your account.

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UI Benefit Amount

Unemployment benefits is a joint federal-state program. It provides temporary benefit payments to partially replace lost wages. The following UI Benefits Calculator will help the applicant to determine the approximate UI Benefits amount that he/she can receive in Wyoming.

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Disclaimer: The estimates are good in faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for any loss and damages caused by using the tools on our website. This calculator is here to assist you in evaluating what you might obtain if you are entitled to receive benefits. We make no promises that the sum you receive will be equal to what the calculator illustrates.

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Things to Know After Filing An Application

Filing the claim is just half work done, and the claimants must take note of their responsibilities after filing the claims. In case the claimants do not stick to their responsibilities, their benefits may be stopped. Some of the important aspects to be addressed by the claimants are:

Overpayments and Fraud

At times, due to miscommunication, slow information relay or due to wrong information presented by claimants, the department may end up making overpayments. The state of Wyoming places a lot of importance in the fair distribution of benefits and any case of overpayments made by the government must be immediately reported by the claimants.

The state of Wyoming defines overpayments as the benefits paid to claimants, to which they are not eligible or qualified. Following are some of the common causes for overpayment:

  • A hearing officer’s decision reverses a previous award of benefits
  • If wages were incorrectly reported when filing for the week, benefits were paid and the wages are later corrected
  • If the wages used to calculate your weekly benefit amount were incorrectly reported by your employer and they are corrected after benefits were paid

You can either choose to pay off the entire overpayment amount in full or chose to pay in installments while receiving weekly benefits. As per the state statute, all overpayments must be paid back with a 5% penalty on the outstanding balance every six months.

If you receive overpayments from the department, make sure to immediately contact the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services and set up a repayment plan.

Visit the following address to deal with any overpayment related issue: Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, Attn: Benefit Payment Control/Overpayments PO Box 2760, Casper, WY 82602. Phone: 307-235-3236.

Benefits Extension

The federally funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) has become defunct as of Dec 28, 2013. Claimants are advised to depend on UI Benefits which last for a period of 26 weeks until EB and EUC are made available. The applicant can also visit the state’s UI agency website to determine the current available Reemployment Assistance plans.

Job Training Assistance

The state of Wyoming provides various training assistance to those who are looking to find employment in the state. The state has programs to facilitate a variety of population which includes veterans and senior citizens. Some of the popular programs provided by the states are:

  • Career Exploration and Aptitude Testing: The state of Wyoming provides training on career exploration and it also in aptitude testing. Contact the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, CareerOneStop centers, or the local workforce centers to get more information on the training
  • Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program: This program, also known as Personal Opportunities With Employment Responsibilities (POWER) is aimed to provide assistance to the poor families in the state
  • The goal of this program, among others, include – To provide needy families so that the children in these households are given the necessary care, and to help the needy parents to prepare for jobs
  • SNAP Employment & Training Program: SNAP program or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is designed to promote self-sufficiency through employment for SNAP applicants and recipients. The participants may obtain services such as- job readiness, job search, job retention, and training funding
  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): This program is designed to cater to the 21st-century job seeker. In this federally funded and state-mandated program, a variety of attributes are imparted to the participants. Services such as – assessment of skills, development of individual employment plan, work experience assistance, occupational skill training, and other case-specific training are given

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Wyoming Office Locations and Phone Numbers

Visit aWyoming Workforce Center near you to get assistance on filing claims and get assistance on any other benefit related questions.

Here are some of the important phone numbers you must make note of during your benefit period:

OR Unemployment Office Phone Numbers

Claim Center (307) 473-3789 Monday - Friday (Except Wednesday): 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Callers from outside of Wyoming (866) 729-7799 Monday - Friday (Except Wednesday): 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Unemployment Insurance Appeals (307) 235-3246 Monday - Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 1-800-669-4000 Monday - Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Frequently Asked Question

Q. What happens if I go on vacation or am sick for one or more weeks during my unemployment claim?
You will not be eligible for benefits during these days as you were not able or available for work. Make sure to file a ‘reopened claim’ once you recover and want to receive benefits again. This can be done over the telephone or over the website.
You must indicate ‘no’ on your continued claim pay order form question #2, which asks you if you were able and available for work in the given week.
Q. Do I have to pay federal taxes on my unemployment benefits?
The unemployment benefit amount is considered as a taxable income for Federal Income Tax purposes. You can choose to get 10% of your weekly benefits deducted and sent to the Internal Revenue Services.
Q. Am I eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits if I have been receiving payments from Workers' Compensation?
You cannot receive unemployment benefits and Temporary Total Disability payments from Workers' Compensation at the same time.
To request this wage credit freeze if you had a continuous period of sickness or injury resulting in a temporary total compensation under the Workers' Compensation law, you may be able to claim unemployment benefits based on earnings prior to your injury date. Opens in New Window, an injured worker must file Unemployment Insurance:
  • Within 60 days following the date, the notice is mailed that the injured worker is no longer eligible to receive Workers' Compensation benefits
  • Within 36 months of the date of injury
Q. can I file for unemployment benefits in another state while living in Wyoming?
You can claim for unemployment benefits in another state while residing in Wyoming only if you have had employment in the said state for the most part of your base period. Or, if you have wages in two or more states (or the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands), you may request the wages be combined by transferring them to the state in which you file your claim.
Q. What should I do if I forget my PIN?
You must contact Cardholder Services at (855) 233-8371 or visit www.usbankreliacard.com to reset your PIN.
Q. Can I still get cash if I forget my PIN?
Yes. You can go to any bank or credit union and ask the teller for a cash withdrawal.
Q. What is the maximum benefit amount and minimum benefit amount given in Wyoming?
The state of Wyoming promises a minimum weekly benefit of $35 for those who qualify for benefits. The maximum benefit amount one can receive is $4
Q. What is crossmatch?
A crossmatch audit compares wages reported paid by an employer to the earnings you provided when filing your bi-weekly continued claim. If it is found that you misreported your earnings, an overpayment will be established and you will be required to repay the benefits you collected.
Q.What does it mean to be disqualified for unemployment?
You could get disqualified from getting the UI benefits for a number of reasons as defined in the Wyoming Statutes.
  • You voluntarily quit your most recent work without good cause;
  • You were discharged (fired) from your most recent employment for misconduct connected with your work;
  • You failed (without good cause) to apply for or accept suitable work as defined by Wyoming statutes;
  • After four weeks of receiving unemployment benefits, you failed to apply for or accept suitable work outside of your customary occupation which pays at least 50% of your previous wages;
  • You obtained benefits by fraud or by misrepresented material facts

Questions & Answers

    1. Roxanne,

      If your job was meant to be a part-time, I am not sure of your eligibility. Please call the Unemployment Office.

    1. Sara,

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

  1. If I quit my job because of ongoing mental health issues which started before I started working at this job, and I started another job 4 months after leaving the first job, but I am only working part-time, do I qualify for unemployment?

    1. Aileen,

      Unemployment Insurance benefits are only extended to workers who’re out of job due to involuntary reasons.

  2. I am from Ca ,worked 5 and a half months in Wy …I was awarded 11 weeks only,and I won’t have a job here in Ca when that is up.How and when, do I apply for an extension?I see 26 weeks is the max for Wy ,which I got working the same months from Ca in 2014 and 2015

  3. my wife will be hiring some one to watch aunt olga in rock springs Wyoming four hours per day 20 hours per week does my wife Bernadine have to pay unemployment taxes in Wyoming for an employee ?

    1. Each state has its own rules in this regard. Not sure of how it works in WY.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for precise information.

  4. I work contract positions for many different companies. I live in Colorado but my last job was in Wyoming and was laid off do to lack of work. Previous to that job I worked in Louisiana and was laid off for the same reason. In what state do I need to claim my unemployment from?

    1. Contract workers are generally not eligible since employers do not remit the relevant taxes.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in the state where you last worked to get further information.

  5. I moved to WY to start a new job. Nine days into job I became very ill and had to leave my job, which included our housing. Because we had no place to stay we had to move in with our daughter in CA. Which state do I file under, WY or CA?

    1. If you left voluntarily, you will not be eligible to claim UI benefits.

      You must be filing from the state where you last worked.

  6. My son was fired from his place of employement for safty violation. He worked for this company for 9 months. Is he eligible to apply for Unemployment Benefits?

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