Weekly benefit amounts are based upon your previous earnings
and are generally 50 percent of the amount you earned while employed, up
to a maximum amount. States individually set the minimum and maximum weekly
benefit amount, as well as the maximum length of time you are
eligible to receive benefits (typically 26 weeks).
Extended benefits may be available in your State during times of high
unemployment, and some States provide additional benefits for specific
You must remain eligible for unemployment benefits during every week
in which you file a claim. Some States will allow you to work part time
while you're receiving unemployment benefits, but a portion of those earnings
will be deducted from your weekly benefit amount.
Other types of income -- such as holiday, vacation, paid leave, sick time,
pension or worker's compensation -- might also be deducted from your weekly
benefit amount, depending on State law.
Unemployment benefits are subject to Federal and State income taxes
and must be reported on your income tax returns. If you choose, your State will
withhold Federal income taxes from your check for you.