Indiana Unemployment Benefit Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for Indiana Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. You must be unemployed through no fault of your own. This means that you were laid off, fired for reasons other than misconduct, or quit your job due to good cause, such as a unsafe work environment or a significant change in your working conditions.
  2. You must have worked in Indiana during the past 12 months. This period may be longer in some cases, such as if you were self-employed or worked in a different state.
  3. You must have earned a minimum amount of wages determined by Indiana guidelines. The exact amount of wages required varies depending on when you last worked and your earnings history.
  4. You must be able, available, and actively seeking full-time work. This means that you must be physically and mentally able to work, be free from restrictions on your availability, and be actively looking for employment.
  5. You must not be receiving other benefits that would disqualify you from UI benefits. This includes disability benefits, retirement benefits, or certain types of training benefits.

If you meet all of these requirements, you may be eligible to receive UI benefits. The amount of benefits you receive will be based on your earnings history and the current benefit rate. You can file a claim for UI benefits online through Uplink, the state’s online filing system.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind about Indiana UI benefits:

  • You must certify your eligibility for benefits each week. This means that you must report your earnings and any other relevant information to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD).
  • You may be required to participate in reemployment activities, such as attending job search workshops or participating in training programs.
  • You may be disqualified from receiving benefits if you refuse suitable work, fail to certify your eligibility, or make false statements on your claim.

For more information about Indiana UI benefits, please visit the DWD website or call the DWD Unemployment Insurance Customer Service Center at 1-800-840-0870.

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