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Do I Qualify for Unemployment Insurance?

By Jackie Edwards on AboutUnemployment

There are many different specifications an individual needs to meet in order to qualify for unemployment insurance. The Federal government sets the basis for unemployment insurance regulations, but states are afforded much freedom in determining how to, to whom, and reasons for allotting unemployment insurance. There are two different categories for eligibility: monetary and non-monetary.

● Monetary eligibility, which is outlined in greater depth in another article, regards the amount of time an individual needs to have spent working and the amount of wages an individual needs to have earned in order to be eligible for unemployment insurance.
● Nonmonetary eligibility is outlined in this article. These requirements are concerned with how an individual became unemployed and what the individual is doing to remedy the situation.

In order to initially qualify for unemployment insurance, you must be unemployed through no fault of your own. You are typically ineligible for unemployment benefits if you lost your job due to an inability to work, scheduling conflicts/unavailability, or misconduct on the job. Furthermore, if you were removed from your job because you refused to engage in suitable work without a good cause, you are not eligible for unemployment. If you voluntarily quit your job without good due reason, you are not eligible for unemployment compensation.

The aforementioned qualifications are all nonmonetary.

If you meet those qualifications, in addition to the monetary eligibility requirements, then you (most likely) qualify for unemployment insurance.

HOWEVER, if you want to continue receiving unemployment benefits for the maximum amount of weeks you are eligible for at the maximum weekly benefit amount you are eligible for, you have to ensure that you continue to meet additional requirements listed below…

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