How Many Hours Per Week Can You Work And Still Collect Unemployment?

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There is no hard and fast rule on the number of hours you can work and still collect unemployment benefit. It simply depends on the amount of money you have coming in each week. It is not possible, though, to work full time (40 hours) and still collect unemployment benefit. In fact, you wouldn't be able to claim unemployment benefit if working over 30 hours a week, even if you were being paid the minimum wage.

The minimum wage differs depending on which state you are resident. This varies from $5.15 per hour in Georgia (if tips add $2.10 to top the figure to $7.25) to $8.67 per hour in Washington. The Federal minimum wage in the United States is $7.25 per hour, hence Georgia can use the tip top-up system.

There are a number of states that adopt simple systems for people on unemployment benefits to encourage them back into work. In Illinois, for example, the partial benefits system allows you to work on a part-time or temporary basis and still receive unemployment benefits. Using this system, workers can earn up to 50 per cent of their benefit payment and not incur any reduction in their benefit. Anything over the 50per cent of their benefit payment will be reduced accordingly to the dollar. If then, you were employed and earning $200 per week and you received $150 a week in benefit, then you would lose $50 of the benefit payment, thus collecting a total of $300 per week ($200 earnings and $100 in benefits).

People in all states would be advised to keep a close eye on their weekly earnings and benefit claims, as any discrepancies are considered as fraud and carry large penalties, including disqualification from claiming benefits in the future, having to repay all overpaid benefits and possibly imprisonment.
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I work 40 hours a week, but next week they are cutting my hours to 24 hours, for 1 week only.  Can I collect for the 2 days I am laid off?
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Hi I used to work for the unemployment office years ago. Back then it didn't matter how many hours you work. Its how much money you make. You are suppose to turn in all wages you make. Then they deduct the gross amount from your unemployment check. If the amount is under the unemployment amount you get the difference.
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Thanks, it is so confusing. I live in Florida, just got laid off about 10 days ago and applied right away. I was told I would get $275 per week and my problem is I have always had a night job at a supermarket, 20 hrs a week, up until two mos ago when they began to decrease our working hours. How much can I earn and still get the $275?
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My hours were just cut at work from 40 hours to 13-16 hours can I still collect unemployment?
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I will be laid off soon and wondering if there is a way to not have a waiting week before I get unemployment (can I put in shorter hours the week before I get laid off so I wont have a waiting week)
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I recently was laid off in CA. I was wondering if I get a part time job how many hours can I work without it effecting my full amount of benefits
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If I'm on unemployment & not getting enough to live & have to get work to make up extra money how many hours am I entitled to that wont hurt me collecting unemployment as I am waiting to start school threw second career funding in June????
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I can't speak for other States.
CA - if you work one week out of the 2 week claim period, when you report it - you will be paid your usual amount for the one week you didn't work. For the week you worked - it depends on your benefit amount.
If you earned over the benefit amount - you will not be paid for that week. If the dollars earned were less than the weekly benefit - you might get paid a lesser amount of the benefit - depending on the amount earned.
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Well your allowed to work a part time job up to a certain amount of money. So it would depend on how much you are being paid not hour wise.
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I work 35 hours a week and my partner works 40 hours if I quit my job would I still get tax credits and would it be more
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My unemployment end 7 2010  still have some money left on my balance  what happens to it
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On your determination it tells you how much you can make a week without effecting you unemployment.  When you file you have to report your gross earnings for each week you are unemployed.  If you make more than is allowed your unemployment compensation will be adjusted.
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Any idea in the state IL, how many hours max can you work as a part time employee, so that your unemployment is not affected.  Thanks!

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