Mississippi Unemployment Eligibility Requirements

Get the Mississippi unemployment eligibility requirements. Find out how to file your unemployment claim in Mississippi online or by phone using the information below. If you still have questions or issues about applying for Mississippi unemployment benefits then contact the Mississippi unemployment office.

Mississippi Unemployment Benefits
In order to be eligible to collect unemployment benefits you must:

  • Must have worked in at least two quarters of your base period
  • Must have worked in at least two quarters of your base period
  • Must have earned at least $780.00 in the highest quarter of your base period
  • Must have earned 40 times your weekly benefit amount in your base period
  • Be unemployed through no fault of your own
  • Be able to work
  • Be available for work
  • File a claim for benefits
  • Serve a one-week waiting period (benefits cannot be paid for this week)
  • Have earned sufficient wage credits, and
  • Be registered for work at the WIN Job Center in your area
  • http://www.mdes.ms.gov

How do I file for Mississippi unemployment benefits?
Regular UI Claims
If you worked and earned wages in Mississippi, you may file a claim for unemployment insurance benefits online, in person at the WIN Job Center nearest you or by calling our toll free number, 1-888-844-3577. Your claim for benefits will be effective with the week it is filed.

You should be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Your Social Security number
  • Your complete mailing address and phone number
  • The names, addresses, and phone numbers for all your employers for the last eighteen (18) months
  • The dates you worked and the reason you left each employer
  • Alien Registration number or Visa number, if you are not a U.S. Citizen
  • You will need to register for employment services at the WIN Job Center if you have not done so already. Our staff can assist you with job search process, training and other career needs

Calculating unemployment benefits and how long do unemployment benefits last?
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 can I estimate my unemployment benefit 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.

This page provides general information about applying for Mississippi unemployment benefits. The eligibility requirements in Mississippi may change from time to time, we highly recommend that if you cannot find the information you are looking for on this page that you contact the Mississippi unemployment office. They should be able to assist you with your questions or issues about your unemployment claims.