How Long Do I Have to Work For to Collect Unemployment in Hawaii?

There is no minimum amount of time or wages an employer has to meet in order to qualify under unemployment compensation.

Hawaii requires a minimum base period earnings of 26 times the WBA. You also must have worked during at least two quarters in the entire base period. Hawaii computes the WBA by multiplying your HQW by 1/21. The minimum WBA is $5, making the minimum amount needed to be earned in the base period $130.

Hawaii does not offer an extended base period; however, an alternate base period is available. The alternate base period uses the last four completed calendar quarters of the base period.

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