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

There is no minimum amount of time or wages an employer has to meet in order to qualify under unemployment compensation.

To qualify for UI in WI, you must have worked during a minimum of two quarters in the base period. Your total base period earnings must be at least 35 times the weekly benefit amount (WBA). Your HQW must be at least $1,350, with an additional amount of at least 4 times the WBA in wages outside of the HQW.

The minimum WBA is $54, which is computed by taking 4% of the minimum HQW. This makes the minimum total base period earnings to be at least $1,890.

WI offers an alternate base period, which considers the last four completed calendar quarters of the base period (instead of the first four); however, an extended base period is not offered.


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