In some states like Washington, the maximum weekly unemployment benefit is $570 and the minimum is $135. Nobody eligible receives lesser than this, despite his or her earnings. The actual amount you will receive will depend on the earnings on your base year. Your weekly benefit amount and maximum benefits payable will be calculated based on the information reported by your employer or employers.

You may calculate your weekly amount of benefits to find out how much you can potentially receive. You have to find out which calendar quarters make up the base year to estimate the amount. The base year is the first of four of the last five completed quarters before the week you file your claim. For instance, if you applied on January 20, 2010, the base year would include wages you earned from October 1, 2008 through September 20, 2009.

Finding out how much you will receive prior to obtaining your first payment will help you plan your weekly budget for food and other everyday necessities. Each state in every country has different maximum and minimum amount to pay to workers who receive unemployment benefits weekly. The total time you can receive unemployment benefits is 26 weeks, which need not be consecutive but should be within the same benefit year.

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