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How much money will you receive?

We cannot tell you how much you will receive. We will mail you a Statement of Wages and Hours after you file your claim that tells you how much you are potentially eligible to receive.

In Washington state, the maximum weekly benefit amount is $637. The minimum is $151. No one who is eligible for benefits will receive less than this, regardless of his or her earnings.

The actual amount you are eligible to receive depends on the earnings in your base year.  We calculate your weekly benefit amount (WBA) and maximum benefits payable (MBP) on the wage information reported to us by your employer(s).

You can calculate your own weekly and maximum amount of benefits to see how much you are potentially eligible to receive.

You need to know which calendar quarters will make up your base year in order to estimate the amount.

Your base year is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before the week in which you file your claim.

For example, if you applied for unemployment benefits on January 20, 2013, your base year would include wages earned from October 1, 2011, through September 30, 2012.

You could be eligible for an alternate base year claim if you do not have enough hours in that base year for a valid claim (see below).

If you file your claim here:

base, wages, calendar, quarters, file

Your base year is the blue-shaded area.


To calculate how much you might be eligible to receive, add together the gross wages in the two highest quarters during that period, divide by 2, and then multiply by 0.0385 to get your weekly benefit amount. 

The total amount of benefits potentially payable on your claim is found by taking the smaller of:

  • 26 times your weekly benefit amount or
  • 1/3 of the total gross wages in all four quarters of your base year.


Estimate your own WBA

  • Identify the two highest quarters in your base year.
  • Key each total in the boxes below.
  • Press "Calculate" to see how much you are potentially eligible to receive.
  • To try again, press “Clear” and start over.

Keep in mind that this is just an estimate of your weekly benefit amount. Your actual weekly benefit amount may be different when you file your claim.

 

First high quarter:
Second high quarter:
Your weekly benefit amount:
Examples of weekly benefit amount calculation:

Average of two
highest quarters

Multiplied by .0385

Weekly benefit
amount

$2,800

$107.80

  $151*

$7,100

$273.35

 $273

$10,508

$404.59

 $404

$17,000

$654.50

     $637**


  *$151 is the minimum weekly benefit amount payable.
**$637 is the maximum weekly benefit amount payable.

Alternate base year (ABY) claims

You could be eligible for an alternate base year claim if you do not have the required 680 hours of work in your regular base year.

The base year for an alternate base year claim is the last four completed calendar quarters before the week in which you file your claim. You must have 680 hours of work in the alternate base year and still meet all of the other eligibility requirements.

If you file your claim here:

Your base year is the blue-shaded area.

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