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.