How is eligibility determined?

Your work history is used to determine if you earned enough wages in insured work to establish a claim. Insured work is work performed for any employer that is required to contribute to the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.

An unemployment claim is established using a Base Period determined at the time the claim is established.  In Missouri the base period is defined at the first four of the previous five completed calendar quarters immediately preceding the quarter in which the claim begins.  See below to determine base period of an unemployment claim. 

*Base Periods always begin on the first Sunday in January, April, July, and October.  Any days prior to the first Sunday date are part of the prior Base Period.


To be eligible to establish a claim, you must earn 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 and:

  • Your total Base Period wages must be at least 1.5 times the highest quarter wages   

OR

·        You must earn at least 1.5 times the Taxable Wage Base during at least two of the four quarters.

If you are filing a new claim now and filed one a year ago, you cannot requalify to be paid on the new claim unless you have worked and earned wages in insured work.  The wages must be:

·        Earned after the prior claim was established

·        In excess of 5 times your current weekly benefit amount for wages earned in Missouri or 10 times your current weekly benefit amount for wages earned out of the State of Missouri.  

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. Is vacation, holiday, or WARN pay reportable?
  29. Will I be charged fees when I use my Missouri Access MasterCard®?
  30. How are benefits paid?
  31. What if I am discharged?
  32. Who can I call with questions about my unemployment claim?
  33. How does moving out of Missouri affect my unemployment benefits?
  34. What if my name changes?
  35. Will the employer be notified when a claim is filed?
  36. How can I get help finding a new job?
  37. Can volunteer activities affect my unemployment benefits?
  38. What if I try a new job, but it just doesn't work out?
  39. What is a benefit claim?
  40. How can I obtain an unemployment verification letter?

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