Can I Collect Unemployment Benefits if I Work Part-Time?

Can I Collect Unemployment Benefits if I Work Part-Time?

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So, you were recently laid off from your work and are worried about where to source income for your daily needs. Fortunately, you’ve found a part-time job that can help support your daily expenses – but you’re wondering if you can also collect unemployment benefits at the same time.

If you are a part-time worker, you can collect unemployment benefits if you meet the requirements imposed by the state in which you currently live. You can check the current regulations to see if you are eligible to receive these benefits.

This article will explore how part-time workers can collect unemployment benefits. We’ll also look at how many hours they can work and still collect their unemployment benefits. 

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How Many Hours Can I Work and Still Collect Unemployment?

States have different eligibility requirements for collecting unemployment benefits, including differing rules on how many hours you can work part-time while still receiving unemployment benefits.

Most states use your employment history to determine if you are qualified to receive unemployment benefits and how much you can get a week. 

If you work part-time while receiving unemployment benefits, you are only entitled to accept partial benefits. You are required to report your weekly earnings when filing a claim. The benefits computation, the manner of filing a claim, and how to report weekly earnings vary from state to state.

Generally, full-time employment is considered to be equivalent to 30 to 40 hours a week. Unless otherwise specified by state law, working any number of hours under that range is considered part-time employment.

Here are the rules in every state. We have divided them into Census Bureau-designated regions:

Northeast

  • Connecticut: a person can work part-time and receive partial unemployment benefits provided he is looking for full-time work. The weekly benefit check is reduced by two-thirds of a worker’s gross part-time wages.
  • Maine: if you temporarily work part-time, it is possible to receive part of your unemployment benefits, provided you continue to meet the requirements for you to collect the money. 
  • Massachusetts: you can collect unemployment benefits while working part-time. Any earnings greater than 1/3 of the weekly benefit amount will be deducted from your payment dollar-for-dollar. Also, if you work full-time in any given week, you will be ineligible to receive the benefit.
  • New Hampshire: you are allowed to receive unemployment benefits if you work part-time. New Hampshire classifies people who work between 1 and 34 hours a week as part-time workers. Your weekly benefit is reduced dollar-for-dollar for every dollar you earn above the 30% threshold.
  • New Jersey: a part-time worker can collect unemployment benefits while working part-time. To qualify for partial benefits, a person must work less than 80 percent of his regular work hours (32 hours for a regular 40-hour workweek). However, that worker’s earnings over 20% of his weekly benefit will be reduced dollar-for-dollar.
  • New York: you can receive partial unemployment claims if you work part-time for less than or equal to 30 hours and earn less than or equal to $504 per week. 
  • Pennsylvania: you can still receive partial unemployment benefits while working part-time, provided you don’t make more than the weekly benefit amount.
  • Rhode Island: unemployment benefit claimants can still work part-time while collecting the benefit amount. They can receive partial payments if they earn less than 150% of their benefit amount. Any earnings above 50% of the benefit rate will be deducted.
  • Vermont: a person may be eligible for partial unemployment benefits if they are working less than 35 hours per week and were working full-time before their unemployment period.

Midwest

  • Illinois: anyone working part-time may still qualify for the state’s unemployment benefits. The part-time worker’s income must be less than the weekly benefit amount. A person who works 31 hours or less a week is considered a part-time worker.
  • Indiana: unemployment benefits can be claimed while working part-time, provided your wages are less than 20% of the weekly benefit amount.
  • Iowa: you can still receive partial unemployment benefits if you earned less than the weekly benefit amount for any claimed week. You will be ineligible for the benefit if you earn $15 over the weekly benefit amount.
  • Kansas: Part-time workers can earn up to 25% of the weekly benefit amount without a reduction in their unemployment benefit. Any earnings higher than that will be deducted on a dollar-for-dollar basis.
  • Michigan: you can continue receiving unemployment benefits while working part-time. However, if your gross earnings exceed 1.5 times the weekly benefit amount in any given week, you will be ineligible for the benefit for that week.
  • Minnesota: you can receive a partial unemployment benefit if you have a part-time job. You should work less than 32 hours a week to qualify, and your wages should not exceed the weekly benefit amount.
  • Missouri: you can still receive partial unemployment benefits for a week if you work less than full-time. To continue receiving the benefit, you must continue looking for work and be able to work.
  • Nebraska: you may be eligible to collect unemployment benefits if you earned less than your weekly benefit amount for any claimed week.
  • North Dakota: you can receive partial unemployment benefits if you work part-time and earn less than the weekly benefit amount.
  • Ohio: part-time workers may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits. They must be employed for at least 20 weeks during the first four of the last five calendar quarters and earned an average of at least $280 while you were employed before receiving the benefit.
  • South Dakota: you are eligible to receive reemployment assistance benefits, provided you meet the general eligibility requirements set by the Department of Labor & Regulation.
  • Wisconsin: you can collect partial unemployment benefits while working part-time. You will be ineligible to receive a payment if you work for 32 hours or more in a week or if your weekly gross earnings are more than $500.

South

  • Alabama: you can receive unemployment benefits if you are working part-time, your employer reduces your working hours, and your gross weekly earnings are less than the weekly benefit amount.
  • Arkansas: you may be eligible for partial benefits if you work part-time or earn less than 140% of the weekly benefit amount. Apart from reporting their earnings, they need to report if they’re working full-time or part-time.
  • Delawarhae: part-time workers may be eligible for unemployment benefits. To qualify, you must have previously been unemployed and be looking for and willing to accept a job.
  • District of Columbia: you may receive partial unemployment benefits while working part-time. To get the value of the reduced payment, you add $50 to your weekly benefit amount and deduct 66% of your gross weekly earnings.
  • Florida: part-time workers and employees whose hours were reduced are eligible for unemployment benefits.
  • Georgia: a part-time worker can receive unemployment benefits provided they earned the minimum amount required ($1,134) to qualify.
  • Louisiana: you can work part-time and collect unemployment benefits. Take note that wages from your part-time work will impact the weekly benefit amount you will receive.
  • Maryland: you can still work part-time and receive partial unemployment benefits. You must actively seek employment, file weekly claim certifications and accept applicable job offers for you to receive the benefit.
  • Mississippi: part-time workers can still receive unemployment benefits. They must report the business they worked for, the number of hours rendered, and the gross earnings during that week.
  • North Carolina: part-time workers can collect unemployment benefits while working in limited circumstances. Apart from reporting the gross earnings for the weeks they worked, they must continue to meet the requirements to qualify.
  • Oklahoma: it is possible to work part-time and receive unemployment benefits simultaneously. The worker must work less than 32 hours to be eligible.
  • South Carolina: Part-time workers are eligible to receive unemployment benefits if eligibility requirements are met like full-time employees. Their weekly earnings must be less than the weekly benefit amount.
  • Tennessee: you may be eligible to collect partial unemployment benefits while working part-time. Your weekly benefit amount is dependent on your earnings before your unemployment period. The maximum benefit amount in the state is $275.
  • Texas: you may continue receiving unemployment benefits while working part-time, provided you meet the requirements, including looking for full-time work and earning up to 25% of your weekly benefit amount. If you make more than that, you will be ineligible for payment.
  • Virginia: you may receive unemployment benefits while working part-time. You are still required to seek work for payment of benefits. If you earn more than the weekly benefit amount, you are ineligible for payment and do not have to look for work.

West

  • Alaska: part-time workers are generally considered unemployed if they work less than 40 hours per week and are eligible for unemployment benefits.
  • California: a part-time worker may be regarded as unemployed if the person’s regular wages are less than the weekly unemployment benefit.
  • Colorado: you are eligible for unemployment benefits if you work less than 32 hours a week and earn less than the weekly unemployment benefit.
  • Hawaii: part-time workers are eligible to receive unemployment benefits provided they meet statutory requirements.
  • Idaho: you can receive unemployment benefits if a person works less than full-time during the week, provided your gross earnings are less than 1.5 times the weekly benefit amount.
  • Montana: You may receive partial unemployment benefits as long as you meet the state’s eligibility requirements.
  • Nevada: part-time employees are eligible to collect unemployment benefits. The labor department will deduct 75% of your gross earnings from the weekly benefit amount if you report earnings. You will be ineligible to receive the benefit if you earn 1.5 times the benefit amount. You must also seek full-time work while working part-time.
  • New Mexico: you may be eligible to claim partial unemployment benefits if you work less than full time and earn less than the weekly benefit amount.
  • Oregon: you may receive unemployment benefits and work part-time simultaneously. You can earn up to $300 without impacting your weekly amount. However, you must not make more than the benefit amount or work more than 39 hours in that week.
  • Utah: you may work part-time and file a claim for partial unemployment benefits. Utah’s online system will automatically close your claim if you earn equal to or more than your weekly benefit amount for four consecutive weeks.
  • Washington: You can receive reduced unemployment benefits while working part-time. You are still required to follow the job search requirements. You may need to look for another part-time job if you have not worked for more than 17 hours in any week.

Conclusion

You may still collect partial unemployment benefits while you are working part-time. States have set different parameters and rules for providing this benefit. Make sure you check with your state’s labor department or workforce agency for the specific rules.

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