Weekly Unemployment Claims

Following economic difficulties of the United States is faced since 2008 the number of weekly unemployment claims made by individuals against state and federal unemployment benefits programs has increased dramatically. Along with this increased demand state and federal legislatures have significantly expanded the number unemployment claim weeks available for an individual who is either become completely unemployed or underemployed due to a significant reduction in work hours. The US unemployment rate has persistently remained above 9% for quite some time in the demand upon unemployment insurance benefits remained steady despite the strain this general welfare programs putting on government budgets all throughout the country. Learn more about how weekly unemployment claims work and see if your situation qualifies you for unemployment as well.

How Benefits Work

The unemployment programs throughout United States are jointly administered between each individual state and the federal government. In essence, the federal government is put together and overall structure of the unemployment system in each state is allowed to fill in details under that structural umbrella however they see fit. Therefore, many of the requirements and rules that each state has further particular unemployment benefits program will be similar but differences will persist and some states will have more requirements or allow for a higher weekly benefit pay than others.

In order to receive weekly unemployment claims checks you must be either unemployed or underemployed through no fault of your own. You cannot be disabled, retired, or uninterested in finding new employment at the present time. In other words, if you’re not actively seeking for new job while you receiving unemployment benefits you will not qualify for the program or continue to receive benefits after you’ve enrolled in the program. Additionally, you also have to demonstrate that you earned a sufficient amount of income during your prior employment before becoming unemployed. Although differences persist in each state most states will examine the prior 12 to 18 months of work history to ensure that you earned a sufficient amount of income to qualify. The reason for this income requirement is to forbid any unemployed individual who is not had a job recently whose employer did not pay into the state payroll tax system, which is the system used to ensure that sufficient funds are available to pay for weekly unemployment claims.

Extended Benefits

Each state has a limited duration of time that they will provide you with unemployment weekly claim compensation. Usually this period of time varies between 13 and 26 weeks. After this initial tier of benefits is been exhausted the applicant must then go and apply for federal unemployment benefits extension payments. In some cases these extended unemployment benefits can add another 53 weeks of payments on top of the initial unemployment insurance benefits already received from the state. If an individual still needs help after these 53 weeks have been expired some states to offer up to an additional 20 unemployment claim weeks through their unemployment benefit extensions programs.

Of course, you’ll need to check with your individual states’ department of labor or department of workforce services to determine the specific rules requirements of your states program.

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