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Unemployment and Temporary Work

Question: If you work a job for a day or two (like a temporary job) will you lose your unemployment benefits? - Barbourjohn
Answer from: Pam Hester, Worksystems
Working a temporary or part-time job while you look for full-time employment is what the government calls "partial unemployment."  You can still receive benefits while you’re partially unemployed; however, your benefits may be reduced.

Each state has its own way of calculating how much you'll receive. There are also different rules about how much you can earn before you're considered "employed" and lose benefits.  So be sure to check with your state's unemployment office to find out what the rules are where you live. 


Learn How to Collect Unemployment 

First, find out if you are eligible for unemployment. Although each state has different eligibility requirements, there are some general requirements to qualify for unemployment, including:
  • You must be ready, able and willing to go back to work.
  • You must meet the state requirements for wages earned or time worked during an established period of time referred to as a "base period."
  • You must be unemployed through no fault of your own (determined under State law), and meet other eligibility requirements of State law.
If you are thinking about applying for unemployment, here are a few tips:
  • Find out the best way to apply. You can file online or at your local unemployment office. In some states, you can even file by phone. Contacting your local office is the best way to get the correct information and answers to your questions.
  • Get extra help and know your rights. Because each state is different, it can be difficult to find all the answers to your questions. There are several legal help organizations that can provide free or very affordable information, resources, and advice to people with low incomes.
  • Don’t lose your benefits. There are some factors that may reduce, or cost you your unemployment. Learn more about losing your benefits
  • Your benefits may be reduced if (but check with your state to be sure):
    • You collect a pension, including Social Security.
    • You owe child support.
    • You get wages from another job. (You can still get unemployment benefits if you have a part-time job, but the amount will be reduced based on income.)
  • You may lose your benefits if you don’t:
    • Register as directed with a job service
    • Report to your case worker each week, or as often as you're told to
    • Actively look for a job and have proof that you're looking
    • Attend a job training course, if you’re told to


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Numbers on unemployment for November have been released, and it turns out that unemployment actually went down last month, falling from 10.2 percent in October, but down to 10 percent in November. This might be due to seasonal employment, but we should take what we can get. Optimism could help more than anything else, as confident consumers are more likely to spend money. People are also much more likely to get payday cash advances if they know their jobs are secure. I am hoping that this will continue for the unemployed people to be employed. And to lessen the number or percent of unemployment.