North Carolina 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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# Ernest 2011-11-04 09:43
So if I got laid off work now. 11/4/11 I would draw unemployment benefits from the base period from Jan 1 2010 to Dec 31 2010, Right?
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# Conelly 2012-03-04 21:12
I have worked for a non-profit (church/school) for approximately 10 years, which does not pay unemployemnt tax. Prior to that I worked for20 years in industry; If laid off by the non-profit would I be elibigle for unemployment benefits based on my previous work in industry, which paid unemployemnt taxes?
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# Karissa 2012-12-04 13:04
I was informed today that I'll have 90 days before my job is being sent to another one of our locations (60 miles away) it may be less then 90 or more. I was offered a severence package at which I didn't accept at the moment b/c I was told that I would have to make my decision as to stay or leave if I accepted it today. I just returned to work 3 weeks ago from maternity leave at which I was off for 12 weeks. If I decided to leave sooner then the 90 days, would I still be eligable for unemployment (I've been there since may 2011)? The management said that there may be opportunities in the other office 60 miles away which would indefiantly require me to move and don't plan on moving. Please advise. Thank you.
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