There are two determinations to determine your eligibility to unemployment benefits. One determinant is monetary, which details your eligibility for the benefits based on your received earnings. The other determination is the circumstances of your work separation.

Monetary eligibility includes the amount of benefits you could collect, the duration of the benefits and the amount you can earn on a part-time job before money is deducted from your unemployment insurance or any dependency allowance you can receive. You may calculate your benefits yourself. First, you he to get the data of the earnings you received on the last five quarters of work. This information you can get from your employer or the employment security department.

Find the two highest earning quarters from the first four of the five quarters. Calculate the average amount form these two highest earning quarters by adding the earnings from the two highest quarters and divide it by two in order to get the average. Multiply the average earnings for the two months to 3.85 percent. The resulting amount will be your weekly benefit amount. Find out if there are unemployment compensation increases from the state and government. Depending on where you are located, your unemployment benefits may qualify for supplement bonuses each week.

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