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 1.5 times the Taxable Wage Base during two of the four base period quarters.
- 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.