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Wyoming Unemployment Benefit Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility_RequirementsWyoming Unemployment Insurance
Unemployment Insurance or Unemployment Compensation – Is a program under which a person who is unemployed through no fault of his or her own, is paid weekly benefits based upon his or her past wages in employment covered by state or federal laws. It replaces part of the income you lose when you become unemployed. Wyoming benefits are financed entirely by covered employers.
To Be Eligible for Wyoming Unemployment Insurance Benefits You must: 

  • 1. Have earned adequate wages during your base period.
  • 2. Be unemployed through no fault of your own.
  • 3. Be able, available and actively seeking work.

To Maintain your Eligibility for Wyoming Unemployment Insurance Benefits:

  • Report all information accurately
  • File for payment every two weeks
  • Be actively seeking work and record this on your Work Search Log
  • Be physically and mentally able to work
  • Be willing to accept suitable work
  • Be available to begin work immediately if a job is offered
  • Report any hours you worked and money you earned, including tips, each time you request payment.

Wyoming Unemployment Insurance Work-Search Requirements
You must make a continued and organized effort to look for work. You must contact at least two different
employers each week. You must keep a list of these efforts.

For every job contact, you must keep a verifiable list of:

  • Date of employer contact
  • The method by which you applied for a job
  • The type of work you were looking for
  • The person you contacted, a telephone number,
  • Email address or other reliable contact information
  • The outcome of the contact
  • Name of employer/company contacted
Wyoming Wage Credits
Unemployment Insurance is available if you have earned sufficient wage credits and are unemployed through no fault of your own. You are required to be able, available, and actively seeking work for each week you file a claim for payment.

When Applying for Wyoming Unemployment Insurance Benefits you will need:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • The name, mailing address, and phone number of your last employer
  • The last day you worked
  • If you worked outside of Wyoming within the last 18 months, you will also need the names and dates worked for those employers. read more
Amount of Wyoming unemployment benefits
The amount of unemployment benefits varies. It is dependent on how much you have earned in your base period. The maximum weekly benefit amount from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 is $459. The minimum weekly benefit for this same time period is $33. These numbers can change each year; they are determined by a formula in the Wyoming statutes. The formula is based on the average weekly wage in Wyoming and is recalculated each year.
Wyoming Maximum Benefit Period
Full benefits can be paid no longer than 26 weeks during your benefit year. If you have weeks with reduced benefits because of other income, benefits could last as long as a year. The actual number of weeks depends on your base period earnings and the maximum allowed by Wyoming statutes.

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Unemployment Office Tips:

Tips to help you when visiting your local Unemployment Office:

  • Show Up Early: Your local unemployment office can sometimes be crowded. You must understand that there are a lot of people currently looking for work. So you will find a lot of people filing for benefits.
  • Be prepared to wait: With lots of people at your local unemployment office, if you are late you will have to wait. The best way to avoid the long lines is to get to the office early.
  • Be prepared with your Documents: If you are applying for unemployment benefits be sure to take with you all necessary information such as a job release letter, date of last employment and name of the company.
  • Have a Cool Head: With lots of people at your local unemployment office waiting to be seen it’s easy to get frustrated and loose you cool. Remember that counselors are there to assist you. Keeping a cool head and being courteous will help speed the process along.

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