Colorado 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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# Leaha 2011-09-05 23:06
I live in colorado and I was laid off after 2 1/2 months. I was not working for the 6 months prior I was pregnant and put on bed rest, can I still get unemployment? I'm looking for work but finding a job that will pay my bills and day care seems impossible. Any direction would be greatly appreciated!
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# unknown 2011-10-03 21:52
I got the job I have in may of 2011and worked 40 hours a week making around 600 every two weeks then in august I went to part time hours because the job I have in seasonal and I started school. Now I am about to stop working. Can I collection. Unemployment with job attached if they want me back next season?
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# laci 2012-01-26 09:45
Is there anyway to change your base period after filing a claim or do I have to cancel my claim and refile?
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# brandee 2012-07-21 21:43
I was let go from my job due to a personality conflict with a manager who just didn't like me. I was at my job for just over 2 years. I tended bar for a hotel and had more shifts during the holiday time of the year then the rest. Do y'all think this is a long enough period of time to be at my job to get unemployement?
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# Natasha 2012-07-23 23:33
If I have worked a job for almost 2 months and have been fired because I had medical issues due to pregnancy and had Dr notes for all days missed. Do I qualify for unemployment?
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# Melissa 2012-08-09 10:27
If I lost my job due to the company closing in the middle of the 3rd quarter. Is the 3rd quarter the most recent? or would the second quarter be that? And how many 'quarters' do you have to work in order to get unemployment?
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# Kendra 2012-09-19 18:33
I was employed at 40 hours p/week from Jan/06 until 8/31/2009 when layed off ( downsizing ). It was nothing I did. Was off until 9/01/ 2011. Did not file for unemployment. Was rehired 9/01/2011 and am still working now but am told I will get let go this week or next for sure. Downsizing, (or just to slow to keep me), but not anything I have done. All of my time working was at 40 hours per week. Do I qualify for unemployment benifits if I do get let go?
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