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New York Unemployment Benefits

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The latest figures for New York show an unemployment rate of 8.8%.

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Calculate your estimated benefit by answering a few questions below.
We created this calculator to help you estimate what you might receive if you are eligible. We make no guarantees or representations that the amount you receive will be equal to what the calculator shows. To apply for unemployment benefits, click the link above which will take you to the official site for your state.
State in which you earned wages
Approximate wages earned from Oct. 1 – Dec. 30, 2008  
Approximate wages earned from Jan. 1 - Mar. 31, 2009  
Approximate wages earned from Apr. 1 - June 31, 2009  
Approximate wages earned from July. 1, 2009 – Sept 30, 2009  

New York unemployment insurance benefits are available if you meet these criteria.  The numbers are subject to change, and though www.Unemployment-Benefits.org does our best to maintain current data, we do not guarantee its accuracy.  Please check with the NYS Department of Labor for the latest facts and figures.

Administering organization:  NYS Department of Labor

Out of work through no fault of your own.
Ready to work
willing to work
Able to work
If you have worked in New York state within the last eighteen months

1-You must have worked or at least been paid wages for employment in at least two calendar quarters in your base period and
2-You must have been paid at least $1600 in wages in one of the calendar quarters in your base period and
3-The total wages paid to you in your base period must be one-half times your high quarter wages. The amount of high quarter earnings used to determine if you meet this requirement will not be greater than $8,910. Earnings in the other base period quarters must total at least one-half of $8,910 or $4,455.
Who can apply:  Out of work and part time workers

How long can you claim benefits: Up to 26 weeks

Weekly benefit amount:  $40-$405

Determined by: Actual high calendar quarter wages

Note: Federal legislation has been passed allowing an additional $25 weekly payment to unemployment recipients. Source: https://ui.labor.state.ny.us/UBC/home.do?FF_LOCALE=1
You may be eligible for New York unemployment benefits if:
  • You lost your job due to lack of work: the temporary or seasonal employment ended; your job was eliminated; there was an involuntary reduction in force; the company downsized or shutdown; the company restructured or reorganized, there was a lack of company operating funds/orders; or for any other business operating reason which resulted in your involuntary unemployment.
  • You were discharged or fired because you were unable to meet employer performance or production standards, or you were unable to meet employer's qualifications for the job.
You may be denied New York unemployment benefits if:
  • You were fired because your employer alleged that you violated a company policy, rule or procedure, such as absenteeism or insubordination; because of a disagreement or dispute with a boss or co-worker; or you were fired for any other reason.
  • You quit your job.
  • You are unemployed because of a work stoppage in the last 49 days which was conducted in violation of an existing collective bargaining agreement in the establishment in which you were employed. It is not necessary that you are actually participating in the strike, but only that you are not working because of the strike in the facility in which you worked.
Independent Contractors – In New York, independent contractors are not eligible to claim unemployment benefits, but some independent contractors may be considered employees under the law and therefore may be eligible.  An independent contractor typically has the some or all of the following indicators:
  • having an established business
  • advertising in the electronic and/or print media
  • maintaining a listing in the commercial pages of the telephone directory
  • using business cards, business stationery, and billheads
  • carrying insurance
  • maintaining a place of business and making a significant investment in facilities, equipment and supplies
  • paying one’s own expenses
  • assuming risk for profit or loss in providing services
  • determining one’s own schedule
  • setting or negotiating own pay rate
  • providing services concurrently for other businesses, competitive or non-competitive
  • being free to refuse work offers
  • being free to hire help

Teachers and Educators – Teachers and educators may not file for unemployment benefits in New York in between school terms or during typical school vacation periods.

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