Indiana 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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# Julie 2012-01-18 13:44
Can I receive unemployment if I quit my job, then work for a couple of months through a temp agency and get laid off?
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# Dorothy 2012-04-02 10:19
If I am laid off in June 2012 but wait until July 2012 to file my claim for unemployment. When would my base period begin and end?
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# Alexis 2012-06-11 17:28
I've been working since Sept 9, 2011. My boss had laid me off last week for no fault of my own. I applied for unemployment, gave my "return to work date", and was denied, but have been working full time for 9 months. Why was I denied, and what do I need to do to get that weeks pay? I have 3 children please help...
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# Kathryn 2012-10-03 12:00
If you file for unemployment and it is determined that you did not earn enough in your base period can you reapply the next quarter?
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# Jim 2012-10-17 07:33
On my unemployment profile, it says issues delaying payment, NonBase Period Wages 05-05-2012. What does this mean?
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# Mike 2012-12-18 19:35
I have only worked 3 months this year because of graduating high school. I have made 8000 dollars in that time period working 2 jobs. I am now being laid off my current job for the winter. expecting to be called back at the end of February. Will I qualify for unemployment benefits?
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# lisaensign 2013-02-03 12:15
I filed my initial claim on Jan. 1 st 2013 and they are saying my base period is 7-1-11 to 6-30-12. I thought it was suppose to be 10-1-11 to 9-1-12. I made more in the later period now I'm only getting 106 a week. Why did they do this?ialso my husband filed his initial claim on Jan. 6 and his base period was right from 10-1-11 to 9-1-12. How can it be different like that and only 6 days difference and what can I do to have them change it so I can receive what I'm supposed to receive
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# andy 2013-02-08 09:00
Does paying child support get considered? Will it increase the tiny layout at all?
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# Jeff 2017-11-17 20:14
I am a seasonal worker, have been on the alternate base period for 2 years, now Ive been put back on the standard for some reason, my Question, Can they use the last quarter from last year as part of my base period this year, they used the exact same quarter last year and this year
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