Unemployment Benefits

Weekly benefit amounts are based upon your previous earnings and are generally 50 percent of the amount you earned while employed, up to a maximum amount. States individually set the minimum and maximum weekly benefit amount, as well as the maximum length of time you are eligible to receive benefits (typically 26 weeks).

Extended benefits may be available in your State during times of high unemployment, and some States provide additional benefits for specific purposes.

You must remain eligible for unemployment benefits during every week in which you file a claim. Some States will allow you to work part time while you're receiving unemployment benefits, but a portion of those earnings will be deducted from your weekly benefit amount.

Other types of income -- such as holiday, vacation, paid leave, sick time, pension or worker's compensation -- might also be deducted from your weekly benefit amount, depending on State law.

Unemployment benefits are subject to Federal and State income taxes and must be reported on your income tax returns. If you choose, your State will withhold Federal income taxes from your check for you.