How is eligibility determined?

When you file a new claim, we will review your work history to determine if you earned enough wages in insured work to establish a claim. Insured work is work done for one or more employers that are required to contribute to the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. Your claim benefit year is the one-year period that UI benefits are potentially available to you.To be eligible, you must:

  • Lose your job through no fault of your own OR quit with good cause related to the work or the employer.
  • Make at least $2,250—at least $1,500 during one of the calendar quarters, and at least $750 during the remainder of the year—from an insured employer during your base period. (See chart below).
  • AND your total base period wages must be at least 1.5 times your highest quarter wages.
  • OR you must make at least $19,500 during two of the four base period quarters.

Special Notes:

  • If your hours were reduced from full-time to part-time, you also may be eligible for partial UI benefits. See the “Part-Time Work” Section.
  • To remain eligible:
    • You must report all wages earned each week, even if you won’t be paid until later. This includes tips, commissions, bonuses, show-up time, military reserve pay, board, and lodging.
    • You must be able and available for work each week, meaning no illness, injury, or personal circumstances would keep you from working.
    • Refusing an offer of work may result in denial of UI benefits.
    • Unless otherwise directed, report in person at least once to a Missouri Job Center or other designated office. The Job Centers offer free skills assessments, career readiness certificates, personal job search consultations, and many other helpful services.

If you are filing a claim now and filed one a year ago, you cannot requalify to be paid on the new claim unless you have worked after filing last year.

Unemployed Workers

  1. When will I receive benefits?
  2. How do I make my weekly request for payment?
  3. What are my appeal rights?
  4. How do I file an unemployment claim?
  5. Do I have to report in person?
  6. What is a waiting week?
  7. How is eligibility determined?
  8. I made a mistake when I filed my claim for unemployment benefits. How can I correct this?
  9. I forgot my user ID and/or password for signing into my account. How do I reset this information?
  10. How are my benefits figured?
  11. Can I use wages I earned in another state, the military, or the federal government?
  12. How do I change my contact information?
  13. Are there extended unemployment compensation benefits available?
  14. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits while I am receiving severance pay?
  15. How can I get information about my claim?
  16. What do I do after starting a claim?
  17. Do I need to search for work?
  18. What do I do if I go back to work?
  19. How do I renew my claim?
  20. Can I work part-time and receive benefits?
  21. What happens when I file a new claim?
  22. What is an overpayment?
  23. What is Trade Adjustment Assistance?
  24. Can benefits be denied?
  25. Are my benefits taxable?
  26. What happens if I am overpaid?
  27. Will other income reduce my benefits?
  28. Will I be charged fees when I use my Missouri Access MasterCard®?
  29. How are benefits paid?
  30. What if I am discharged?
  31. Who can I call with questions about my unemployment claim?
  32. How does moving out of Missouri affect my unemployment benefits?
  33. What if my name changes?
  34. Will the employer be notified when a claim is filed?
  35. How can I get help finding a new job?
  36. Can volunteer activities affect my unemployment benefits?
  37. What if I try a new job, but it just doesn't work out?
  38. What is a benefit claim?

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