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How Do They Determine Unemployment?

Is it a percentage of the pay of the job you just left, or the job you had 18 months ago? It's way too complicated and it doesn't get explained well!

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:27 PM on Jan. 22, 2010 in Money & Work

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  • The actual laws vary by state, but in general, benefits are based on a percentage of an individual's earnings over a recent 52-week period - up to a State maximum amount.

    Answer by IamPatSajak at 1:38 PM on Jan. 22, 2010

  • Each state is different so you need to look up the laws in your state. Here they go back and take an average of what you have made over the last 18 months no matter where it was and then you get a certain percentage of that up a maximum amount.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:20 PM on Jan. 22, 2010

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