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

Missouri requires you to have earned a minimum HQW of $1,500 in order to qualify for unemployment insurance. You also had to of earned at least 1.5 times your HQW within the entire base period. This makes the minimum total amount of wages earned in the entire base period to be $2,250.

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You must have worked during at least two quarters of the base period and had a minimum total base period earnings of at least 1.5 times the current maximum taxable wage base.

The maximum taxable wage base for 2014 is $13,000. Therefore, the minimum required total base period earnings under this method is $19,500.

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

In Missouri 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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