Next Steps

Example of eligibility letter

Within 7-10 days of filing your claim, you will receive a blank debit card and a UI Finding in the mail.

The UI Finding will tell you whether you are monetarily eligible for benefits, meaning you have earned sufficient wages in your base period. In general, you are monetarily eligible for benefits if you earned at least $1,600 in covered employment in the first 4 of the last 5 completed calendar quarters, including $440 outside the quarter in which wages were highest.

For example, if you earned $1,100 in January 2019 and $500 in July 2019, you earned sufficient wages in your base period to be monetarily eligible.

If you filed a claim for benefits and were determined monetarily eligible, read our "What Every Worker Should Know About Unemployment Insurance" brochure to find out what comes next.

If your UI Finding says you are not monetarily eligible (weekly benefit amount shows $0), this means that according to reports employers are required to provide IDES of wages paid for services in employment, our records indicate that you were not paid enough wages during your base period to qualify for regular unemployment benefits.

If our records are not correct, and you did perform services for a business or another individual and were paid for those services during your base period, please send documentation of the services that you performed and the payments you received to the Department as soon as possible.


YOU CAN UPLOAD PROOF OF WAGES USING
OUR SECURE DOCUMENT PORTAL

Upload Proof of Wages


If, during your base period, you did not receive any payments for services that you performed for others (e.g., if you were a sole proprietor), you may apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

If you were determined monetarily eligible or you sent us proof of wages, do not file for PUA benefits at this time.

If we determined that you did not have sufficient earnings in your base period to qualify for regular unemployment benefits, and you do not wish to appeal this decision, you may apply for PUA.

To learn the requirements and details regarding the PUA program please review our "Learn about PUA" website section which goes into details regarding the application process and potential benefits you may recieve if found eligible for the program.