You must qualify for the minimum weekly benefit amount (WBA), as well. The minimum weekly amount for Alabama is $45. Alabama’s WBA is computed by multiplying 1/26 by the average of the two highest quarter wages earned in the base period (the average must be at least $1,170 to qualify). Further, you must earn at least 1.5 times your highest quarter wages within the entire base period in order to qualify. As long as you meet the minimum required earning amounts, that is the minimum length of time you have to spend working.
To determine your eligibility, follow this step-by-step model:
Did you earn a total of at least $2,314 within two quarters of the base period?
■ your earnings within two quarters > than $2,314
- Do you qualify for the minimum WBA of $45?
■ the avg. of your two highest quarter wages > than $1,170
- Did you earn more than 1.5 times your HQW within the entire base period?
■ your total base period earnings > 1.5 x HQW
If you answered yes to all three questions, you qualify for unemployment insurance in Alabama.
Alabama does not offer extended or alternate base periods.