To be monetarily eligible for UI benefits, you must:
- Have at least $1,092 in covered employment (with an employer who paid UI taxes) during the base period’s highest quarter.
- Have earned at least $4,455 from covered employment during the base period.
- Have total base period wages that equal or exceed 1.5 times the high quarter wages’ total.
The base period is defined as wages earned doing one year of insured work. Base-period wages typically establish monetary eligibility for UI benefits. There are two method’s used when calculating the base period: the standard base period and the alternate base period, both described below. When your initial claim is reviewed, DEW will decide which base period system your situation falls under. You will not have to determine this yourself.
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Standard Base Period
The standard base period comprises the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters preceding a claim’s starting date.
Your claim’s effective date determines your base period—not the date you become unemployed. For example, if your claim goes into effect during January, February, or March 2013, your base period is the first three quarters of 2012 plus the last quarter of 2011; even if your claim takes effect March 31, the last day of the quarter.
Quarter 1 = January 1st – March 31st
Quarter 2 = April 1st – June 30st
Quarter 3 = July 1st – September 30st
Quarter 4 = October 1st – December 31st
Alternate Base Period
If you don’t qualify for UI benefits using the standard base period, you may qualify using the alternate base period.
The alternate base period includes the four most recently completed calendar quarters, including lag quarter wages—the most recently completed quarter preceding a new claim’s effective date.
Note: To use the alternate base period, no wages from federal, military, or out-of-state employment can be missing.