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Benefits: When and for how long can benefits be claimed?

When a worker files a new claim and was paid sufficient wages to qualify for unemployment benefits, an effective date of the claim is established as the Sunday of the week in which the claim was filed. This effective date also establishes the claimant’s benefit year as the one-year period following that effective date. Twenty weeks of benefits is the maximum allowed during a benefit year. The claimant can file for unemployment benefits until the MBA is exhausted during the benefit year. 

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