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How Long Do I Have to Work For to Collect Unemployment in New York?

New York defines an employer as having paid at least $300 in wages during any quarter.

To qualify for unemployment insurance in NY, your total base period earnings must be at least 1.5 times your HQW. Your HQW must be a minimum of at least 221 times NY’s minimum wage, which gets rounded to the next lowest $100 if needed.

NY’s minimum wage is $8.

Therefore, the minimum required HQW is $1,700, making the minimum required base period earnings to be $2,550.

New York does not offer an extended base period; however, an alternate base period, which considers the last four completed calendar quarters in the base period (instead of the first four), is available for those who fail to qualify under the regular base period.


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