Alabama Unemployment Benefits
Alabama Unemployment Benefits Eligibility
Individuals that file for unemployment insurance benefits must meet eligibility requirements in order to receive payments. In order to file for unemployment in Alabama you must:
- Have earned enough income during a base period for a claim to be created.
- Must not be working. Or must be partially unemployed.
- You must be unemployed through no fault of your own
- You must be physically able to work.
- You must be able to immediately accept work.
- Continue looking for work, keeping detailed records of your job search.
- Meet the requirements determined by the unemployment department of Alabama for each pay period.
Length of unemployment benefits in Alabama
The maximum length of unemployment benefits is typically 26 weeks. Due to varying circumstances unemployment benefits may be extended. During times of high unemployment in Alabama, individuals may become eligible for unemployment benefit extensions.
Alabama unemployment extensionsCurrently, up to 33 weeks of extended benefits are available to individuals that have exhausted their regular unemployment insurance. Job search requirements become more strict while receiving unemployment benefit extensions. Follow our tips on how to meet these requirements easily.
Reaching your benefit year end in Alabama
An individual's unemployment insurance claim lasts a duration of 1 year (52 weeks). When an individual reaches their benefit year end (BYE) the individual will have to be reinstated to continue receiving benefits.
Reinstating unemployment benefits in Alabama
Typically, an individual will need to visit their local unemployment office to reinstate their unemployment benefits. The claimant will meet with an unemployment case manager. The case manager will determine if the individual is eligible to have their benefits reinstated. Follow our guide to visiting your unemployment office.
How much will your unemployment check be in Alabama
The two highest of the four calendar quarters that make up your base period will be used to determine your weekly payment. The average of the gross wages received in the two highest quarters is divided by 26. If wages are only received in one quarter, that quarter plus zero is averaged and divided by 26.
Here's an example of how much you will recieve in Alabama:
|Highest quarter of earnings||=||$4,000|
|Second highest quarter||=||$3,908|
|Divided by 2, equals average of 2 high quarters||=||$3,954|
|Divided by 26||=||$152.08|
|Weekly Benefit Rate (rounded down)||=||$152|