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Wyoming Unemployment Benefit Questions

Wyoming Unemployment Benefit Questions

Filing for Wyoming Unemployment Insurance can sometimes be confusing. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions people have when navigating the process.

How to apply for unemployment in Wyoming?

The easiest way to apply for Wyoming Unemployment Insurance benefits is online by creating a WYUI account, submitting an application, and filing a weekly claim.

If the internet is not an option, you can apply for unemployment insurance benefits by phone by calling (307) 473-3789.

When you apply, you will need to supply the following information:

  • Social Security Number
  • Contact Information (Name, Address, Phone Number) for your most recent employer
  • The date you stopped working
  • If you worked for any companies outside of Wyoming in the past 18 months.

How much is unemployment in Wyoming?

The amount of money you get for unemployment benefits changes. It depends on how much money you made during a certain time frame. As of 2023, the most you can receive each week is $560. The least amount of money you can get each week is $40. These numbers can change every year, based on a rule made by the state of Wyoming.

You can calculate how much unemployment compensation you may be eligible for by inputting your information into our Wyoming unemployment calculator.

How long does Wyoming unemployment take to process?

You can file for unemployment benefits every Sunday for the week before. Usually, your request will be processed within two working days. This is as long as there are no problems with the information provided. If there is a problem, you will get a letter in the mail within five working days. This letter will tell you what you need to do to fix your claim so you can receive benefits.

How long do you have to work in Wyoming to get unemployment?

In Wyoming, like most other states, you have to work four out of the last five 3-month periods in order to qualify for unemployment benefits. This is known as your “base period.”

For instance, if you ask for benefits in October of 2023, the base period would be from July 1, 2021 to March 31, 2023.

Additional information about qualifying for Wyoming unemployment benefits can be found in our Wyoming Unemployment Eligibility Guide.

How do I check the status of my unemployment claim in Wyoming?

To check the status of your Wyoming unemployment benefit claim, log into your WYUI account.

If you filed by phone, you can call the Unemployment Insurance Claims Center at (307) 473-3789 to check up on its status.

How do you contact Wyoming unemployment?

If you have a question or concern about your unemployment benefits, you can call the Wyoming Division of Workforce Services, or visit the Wyoming Unemployment Office location closest to you.

What are the consequences of committing unemployment insurance fraud?

Committing Wyoming unemployment fraud can have dire consequences, so please do not do any such thing. As per the law, following are the consequences you may have to face:

  • Repayment of overpaid money. A 5% penalty will be added to the amount and 5 % every following month until the amount is paid off.
  • Disqualification from receiving the benefits for a period of 52 weeks
  • Criminal prosecution
  • If convicted, possible disqualification from benefits for an additional two years.

If I go away on vacation or if I fall sick for one or more weeks during UI, what will happen?

Claim interruption for any reason other than employment, will require a claim reopening so that you can continue enjoying the benefits. You can re-open your claim via telephone or Internet.

Am I allowed to file an unemployment claim with another state?

Yes. You are allowed to file an unemployment claim with another state if you reside in Wyoming if most of your wages were from a different state.

If you have wages from multiple states you can also use the combined wage claim. In this process, you can request that the wages be combined by transferring it to the state you currently reside in.

Will the state of Wyoming take my benefits if I have an overpayment in another state?

Yes. The state of Wyoming is a member of the IRORA. This is an organization of states that work together to recover overpayments through an offset. Hence, if another state has informed us that you have an overpayment in that state, Wyoming will offset them.

    • Rodrick,

      Wyoming Workforce department recommends weekly filing between Sunday and Friday. As much as I am aware, the payout is weekly. Please call the Claims Center for clarification.

  1. If you were told your rig would go back up after a week, and it didn’t. The company kept pushing the start date back. You finally filed for unemployment in Wyoming. Will Wyoming unemployment back pay you for the weeks of missed work if you filed job attached?

    • Andrew,

      If your job was meant to be seasonal, you may not qualify. Please wait for the office to come back to you and update on the claim status.

  2. My past quarterly wages were earned in Montana up until April 30, 2015. I voluntarily left the Montana employment and would not be eligible under Montana UI statutes & rules. I have since then earned wages in Wyoming from August 17, 2015 to present. As a Fed. employee, I may be furloughed at the end of September. Would I be eligible to apply for UI Benefits under Wyoming statutes and rules?

    • Please call the labor authorities in Wyoming before considering the option of applying there. Bottom line, you must apply from the state where your last employment was based.

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