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
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