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

To qualify for unemployment insurance, you must have earned a minimum of 40 times the WBA within the entire base period. You also had to of earned at least 26 times the minimum WBA for your HQW. Finally, you must have worked during at least two quarters of the base period.

The minimum WBA of Mississippi is $30. Your WBA is computed by multiplying your HQW by 1/26.

The minimum amount required for the HQW is $780. The minimum total base period earnings is $1,200.

Therefore, to qualify for unemployment insurance in Mississippi, you must have

–          worked during at least two quarters of the base period

–          earned an HQW of at least $780

–          had a total base period earnings of at least $1,200

 

MS does not offer an extended base period or an alternate base period.

In Mississippi an employer or employing unit is covered under unemployment insurance if it paid at least $1,500 in wages during any calendar quarter in the current or previous calendar year. Further, an employer/employing unit is also covered under unemployment insurance if it paid wages to at least one employee and employed said worker at least one day per week during the 20 weeks of the current or previous calendar year.

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