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Question: How long do you have to work to collect unemployment? I worked 83 (actual working days not including weekends ( my 2 days off) and holidays. 124 including my days off. I work in illinois.
Response 1: Your benefits are determined by how much wages you earned and not by how long you worked. Your weekly benefit amount is determined by the total wages paid to you by each of your employers during your "base" period. Your base period consists of the first four of the last five quarters (three-month periods) where you earned wages, going back from the time of your initial claim for benefits. To be eligible for benefits, you must have been paid wages of at least $1,600 for insured work during your base period. Of this amount, at least $440 must have been paid to you outside of the base period quarter in which your wages were the highest. If you have not earned sufficient wages during your base period, unemployment office would try to establish your eligibility using a base period consisting of the last four completed quarters.
I think I accidently put 93 days on my app can that be changed if I go into the office?
Response 2: Yes, you can amend your application once you have discovered your error.
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Your Question: i still dont understand i worked from 11-8-10 to 3-3-11. I made about $6,400.00. I also worked before that at another employer from 11-08 to 6-10 does that help and I made 32,000.00 at that job so i was out of work for 4 months i never collected unemployment for that job
Response: I do not know how else to explain it to you. Your base period consists of the first four of the last five quarters (three-month periods) where you earned wages, going back from the time of your initial claim for benefits. So, your previous employment would be included in calculation or your benefits since last four quarters of employment would also be used, which equal to a 12-month period. Whether you are eligible for unemployment benefits depends if you earned enough work credits/wages. It does not depend on how long you worked. Since you have applied, you need to wait to see what unemployment office decides.
Your base period is a 12-month period. So any work you did within a year of your unemployment application would be used to calculate the amount of your benefits.
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