Arizona Unemployment Base Period

Your base period is the period of time that you worked, prior to losing your job in which you establish the amount of money that you will receive in unemployment. The more money that you made in your base period, the larger the amount that you will recieve every week for unemployment.

The base period is a period of one year, and does not include the most recent quarter (most recent three months).

For example, if you lost your job on April 1 2010, and filed for unemployment that same day -- your base period would be January 1 2009 to December 31 2009. Remember - the base period does not include the most recent three months - so your base period does not include January 1, 2010 to March 30, 2010.

Effect of Base Period on Filing A Second Unemployment Claim, after your unemployment benefits have run out:If you did not work during your base period, you generally are not eligible to receive unemployment benefits. If you only received unemployment income during your base period - there is a big chance you will not receive further unemployment benefits if filing an entirely new claim.

The counselors at your local unemployment office are very knowledgable professionals and can help you understand how to calculate your base period. Also, if your regular or extended unemployment benefits run out, or stop, you should go ahead and file for unemployment again, and talk with an unemployment counselor about your case.

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# jonathan 2011-02-10 21:20
How long must I have kept a job to qualify for unemployment?
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# Jacqueline 2012-07-05 00:30
Hello, thank you in advance for taking the time to answer my questions. If I worked a job for 3 years and applied for Unemployment in November of 2011, received it. Found another job in November 2011 (only applied for and recieved 1 week unemployment), but then was laid off in Feb 2012, applied for and received unemployment in Feb 2012 and am still receiving it as I search for work, will I have enough in the base period to file for extended benefits when mine runs out in 4 weeks? Also if I do, when is the soonest I can file for the Extended benefits and how do I do so? Thank you so much. Wish me luck!
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# John 2013-02-01 19:38
I worked for a company in CA for about 1 year I live in Az so I tried to file in AZ they claim because I worked in CA I had to file in CA when I tried to file in CA they have no wages reported yet I have paystubs and taxes taken out for CA they claimed i should file where my employer is located in PA so I Did now they say wages were reported to AZ so I contacted AZ again they claim I should file in CA Help I am getting nowhere and havn't gotten a dime or answer only runaround someone has to take responsibility shouldn t my employer paid unemployment insurance where I actually worked please help
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