Each week, we require that you check-in with us about your job hunt by answering a few questions. The questions are asking about the week before, so If you worked a few hours, you would be asked to enter the amount you earned between the last Sunday through Saturday.
Weekly certifications are an important part of the process to receive benefits if eligible. When you file for benefits the unemployment week ends Saturday at midnight. Weekly certifications need to begin that following week. They can be done any day of each week; the busiest day being Sunday. Also, do not wait for correspondence from our agency to take action. You must certify even if you have not been approved yet. Delay can result in non-payment of skipped weeks.
Calculate last week's earnings
Before you certify, please calculate any earnings you have earned from last week. (Even if those earnings have not yet been paid to you yet) If this is your first week to certify, odds are, you've earned some amount of money from this past week.
How to Calculate
Earnings must be reported during weekly certification. Wages are reportable the week in which they are earned, regardless of when they are paid.
You may earn either $50 or 25 percent of your weekly benefit amount without reducing your weekly benefits (whichever amount is greater). For example, if you are receiving the maximum amount of $275 each week, you may earn 25 percent of $275, which is $68.75, and still receive the full $275. If you are receiving $175 a week, you may earn up to $50 without your weekly benefit being reduced. Keep in mind 25 percent of $175 is $43.75.
If you earn more than your weekly benefit amount, your benefits will stop.
Even if your earnings during the week are less than the allowance described here, you must still report these earnings on your weekly certification. Failure to do so will lead to a disqualification and overpayment of benefits.
If you have any questions about weekly certification you can live chat with us in the bottom right-hand corner of this page or call (844) 224-5818 between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Central Monday thru Friday.