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Under 11 USC §101(10A)(B), Social Security income is excluded from the means test. Unemployment income is included to the extent that it was received within the 6 months prior to the filing of the bankruptcy petition.
Note: after some discussion with my colleage, it appears that there is a split of opinion concerning the inclusion of unemployment benefits as income for means test purposes.
In re Munger, 370 B.R. 21 (Bankr.D.Mass. 2007) and In re Sorrell, 359 B.R. 167 (Bankr.S.D.Ohio 2007), hold that unemployment benefits are also excludable -- which is an even better outcome for you.
That said, there are very few legal opinions on this issue, and no binding precedent. So, unless your bankruptcy court is one of the above courts, then you cannot absolutely know how the court may rule on the issue.
You may want to consult with local bankruptcy counsel to see whether there is any "trend" in the courtroom.
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