District Of Columbia Unemployment Benefits Calculator


The latest figures for District Of Columbia show an unemployment rate of 8.5%.


Calculate your estimated benefit by answering a few questions below.
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Approximate wages earned from Apr. 1, 2019 - Jun. 30, 2019  
Approximate wages earned from Jul. 1, 2019 - Sep. 30, 2019  
Approximate wages earned from Oct. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019  
Approximate wages earned from Jan. 1, 2020 - Mar. 31, 2020  
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District Of Columbia unemployment insurance benefits are available for workers who lost their job due to no fault of their own. Generally, to receive benefits, you need to meet the following criteria:
  • You were not fired for cause
  • You did not quit voluntarily
  • You are actively seeking employment
  • You can document your attempts to find work
The benefits you receive will be based on a specific formula. This formula typically looks at your earnings during a "Base Period" which is the first four calendar quarters (i.e. three month periods) of the five quarters PRIOR to the period in which you file your initial jobless claim. For instance, if you filed your initial claim on Oct. 15, 2008, that would have occurred in the third quarter of 2008. The five quarters prior to that would be Q2 2007, Q3 2007, Q4 2007, Q1 2008 and Q2 2008. Therefore, your benefits would be based on what you earned in Q2 2007 through Q1 2008.You will typically be required to present evidence of earnings in the event that your local unemployment office cannot find records associated with your social security number.

Your unemployment wages will typically be 50% or less of what you were earning previously. You will need to file for benefits every single week. You can typically receive benefits for up to 26 calendar weeks in a 52 week period. YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY FEDERAL AND STATE TAXES ON YOUR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.

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