Nebraska Unemployment Benefit Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for unemployment benefits in Nebraska, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have lost your job through no fault of your own. This means you must have been laid off, discharged for reasons other than misconduct, or had your hours reduced.
  2. Have worked in Nebraska during the past 12 months and have earned at least $1,850 in one quarter and $800 in another quarter.
  3. Be able to work, available to work, and actively seeking work. This means you must be able to perform your previous job or a similar job, you must be available to work full-time, and you must be making an active effort to find a new job.
  4. File a claim for benefits within seven days of your last day of work. You can file your claim online, by phone, or in person at any Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) office.
  5. Continue to file weekly claims for benefits as long as you are unemployed and eligible. You can file your weekly claims online, by phone, or in person at any NDOL office.
  6. Be willing to accept suitable work. Suitable work is generally considered to be work that is similar to your previous job, pays a comparable wage, and is located within a reasonable commuting distance.

If you meet all of the eligibility requirements, you will be able to collect unemployment benefits for a maximum of 26 weeks. The amount of your benefit will be based on your earnings in the base period. The minimum benefit amount is $27 per week, and the maximum benefit amount is $514 per week.

For more information on eligibility requirements, please visit the Nebraska Department of Labor website or call the Unemployment Hotline at 800-422-4611.

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