Alabama Unemployment Eligibility

This page provides general guidelines on how to apply for Alabama unemployment benefits. View the unemployment eligibility requirements, the process to file for unemployment in Alabama, how long your benefits last and how to calculate unemployment rate. If you filed your claim and it was disqualified, denied Alabama unemployment. You can apply for Alabama unemployment online at

Filing A Alabama Unemployment Claim

You can file a new claim or reopen an existing Alabama unemployment claim that was filed within the past year. Weekly Certifications for benefits may be filed online or by telephone. You cannot file a claim online if:

Before filing your claim you must have the following information available:

How Do I File For Unemployment In Alabama

To file a new unemployment claim or re-open an existing claims online, or call 866-234-5382. To file weekly claim certification online, or you can call in your claim.

To inquire about your unemployment compensation claim or reset PIN call 800-361-4524

Calculating Alabama unemployment benefits

Payments for unemployment benefits can vary from state to state, but calculating how much you will receive is simple enough to figure out for yourself. Most states determine weekly benefits using the base period quarter in which wages are highest, called the High-Quarter Method. The remaining states might use multiple methods based off the Annual-Wage Method to the Average-Weekly-Wage Formula. Because the High-Quarter Method is the most common method of computing benefits, you may be able to use this to help you determine your unemployment benefits.

How to Estimate unemployment benefits amount

The period that the wage earner worked closes to full time is called the high quarter. This is the period in which wages were the highest. Take the amount earned during that quarter and divide by 13, which is the number of weeks in a calendar quarter. The state determines the percentage of that wage that will be replaced. The weekly wage is divided and the weekly benefit is calculated based on the weekly wage. Depending on the state you live in, the benefit amount may replace one half of the average weekly earnings.

How long do unemployment benefits last

After the unemployment benefits have been calculated, your state will determine the duration of benefits. Several states establish uniform durations of 26 weeks for all workers who meet qualifying wage requirements, while other states have the flexibility to assign benefits lasting anywhere from 26 to 30 weeks.