Base Period

Base Period: The one-year period of time (four completed calendar quarters) we look at to calculate your weekly benefit amount. We always look at the most recent wage information we have.
If you apply in the first month of a calendar quarter (January, April, July, October), your base period is the first four of the most recently completed five quarters.

If you apply in the second or third months of a calendar quarter (February, March, May, June, August, September, November, December), we look at the first four of the most recently completed five quarters. We also look at the most recently completed four quarters. We then pick the period of time that has the most wages.

Base Period Wages: The wages paid to you during the base period. These wages are used to determine your maximum and weekly benefit amount.

Benefit Account Date: The Sunday of the week you first submit an application for unemployment benefits (A benefit account can be backdated up to one week, if you were unemployed that week). You cannot be paid on this account for any weeks before the account date.

Calendar Quarter: There are four quarters in a year: January through March; April through June; July through September, and; October through December. Each quarter begins with the first Sunday and ends with the last Saturday.

Extended Base Period: Used when an applicant received wage loss payments, such as workers' compensation, during the regular base period. The period of time extended can be up to four quarters before the regular base period and depends on the number of weeks of wage loss payments received.


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