What is the time frame on which my claim is based? How are my benefits figured? How long do I have to work before I can draw Unemployment Insurance?
Your claim and the amount of benefits you received are potentially eligible to receive are based on something called the “base period.” The base period is a four-quarter (one year) period, and is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters at the time you file your initial claim for benefits. The amount of wages you earned in the base period determines how much Unemployment Insurance you will receive. You must have worked in and been paid wages in at least two quarters of the base period. You must meet the minimum amount of earnings guidelines to be eligible for unemployment benefits. For more detailed information on this issue, please refer to the Facts About Unemployment Insurance guide that is also available online. The number of dependents also affect your weekly benefit amount you will receive. A maximum of four dependents is allowed.
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