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You must be totally or partially unemployed through no fault of your own, and you must have earned sufficient wages in your base period (the first 4 of the last 5 completed calendar quarters before the start date of your claim, or alternatively the last 4 quarters for some). Also, you must be able and available for full-time work.
You can apply online or over the phone by contacting your local Claims Center.
Your weekly benefit amount will be 1/25, or 4%, of your highest quarter earnings. This amount cannot be more than the maximum weekly benefit amount, which is set by law each year, beginning July 1.
The length of time that you will receive benefits is also based on how much you made during the base period, but not more than 26 weeks.
You must continue to file weekly either online or by telephone. Also, you must continue to be able and available for full-time work. You must actively seek employment, while keeping a record of your work search activities (forms to help you do so can be found in the Claimant Handbook). Finally, you must accept suitable work.
Your appeal must be filed within 11 days of the date the decision was mailed to you. You may appeal the decision by sending a letter to the address shown on the decision requesting an appeal. Additionally, you must keep filing your weekly claims regularly because you will only be paid for weeks you filed if you win your appeal.