Q) You worked 16 years without losing your job and then not working for at least 10 years. Can I get Unemployment Insurance benefits.
A) To determine whether you’re eligible for unemployment benefits, your state will look to your recent work history and earnings during a period of time called the “base period.”
The base period is the time period during which wages earned and/or hours/weeks worked are examined to determine an individual’s monetary entitlement to unemployment insurance benefits. Almost all states use the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters preceding the filing of the claim as their base period.
If you have not worked during the Base Period you will not be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.