Delaware Unemployment Requirements

In order to start your unemployment, DE unemployment requirements include the following:

1. You are totally unemployed. Depending on your vocation and industry, you may qualify for unemployment if you have had your hours reduced.
2. You have worked and earned a minimum amount of wages in work covered by unemployment tax during the past 18 months.
3. You have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you were laid-off you will qualify for unemployment. In most cases, if you were fired for cause - you will not be eligible to collect unemployment. If you were fired for cause, you SHOULD apply for unemployment anyway, just in case you are eligible to get it.
4. You are able and available for work. If you are unable to work because of disability or medical condition, you may not meet the Delaware unemployment requirements, but you should apply anyway. If you are not eligible for unemployment, you may be eligible to collect disability benefits, and the case worker at the unemployment office will be able to direct you on how to apply for disability.
5. You are registered for work at your local Workforce Development Center. You must do this when you apply for unemployment, and every week when you certify your weekly claim.
6. You are actively seeking work. You must apply to a minimum of two jobs per week.

To continue receiving weekly unemployment benefits, DE unemployment requirements state that you must file a 'weekly claim' by doing the following:

1. Meet all of the DE unemployment requirements listed above.
2. Apply for at least two jobs each week.
3. Contact the Delaware unemployment office to file your 'weekly claim'. You can do this via phone or on the internet.

Toll Free: (800) 794-3032 Delaware Department of Labor, Division of Unemployment Insurance Office Delaware Unemployment Website

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# Michael P 2011-03-05 11:46
What is the mimnimum amount of wages that must be earned in your base year and is there a minimum number of weeks of employment required to be eligible for benefits?
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# FGSF 2012-06-23 11:22
I am currently collecting unemployment, however, I will be having surgery on my back next month and want to know if I can switch to short term disability during my recuperation. I am not clear on something; do I have to be working and then become disable to be able to receive disability. How is the amount calculated if I am not working at the time I become disable.
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# Stephanie 2012-07-27 16:39
I was in a situation where the stress and hostile work environment maked it impossible to function on my job. I felt like I did everything I could resolve the situation with no avail. I quit my job. Will I be able to apply for unemployment? My health was being effected by the stressfull situation.
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# Elizabeth 2013-08-12 11:23
I was an officer of a company that went out of business in 2011. I have not received a paycheck since Septembr 2009. At that time I applied for unemployment benefits and was denied because I was listed as an officer of a company that was still in business . Since then I have been trying to live on social security. I need to get back in the workforce. In the mean time, I want to reapply for unemployment benefits.
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# Staci 2017-06-30 04:39
I started a part time position in Jan 2017, & was told I that hours could go as low as 20 hrs a week, well as of mid June I was told hours were low & I have been cut to 9 hrs a week, & can't understand that another employee who is out on college break, is getting at least 30 hrs a week?.. Do I qualify for any help from unemployment insurance?
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