Mississippi Unemployment Eligibility

This page provides general guidelines on how to apply for Mississippi unemployment benefits. View the unemployment eligibility requirements, the process to file for unemployment in Mississippi, how long your benefits last and how to calculate unemployment rate. If you filed your claim and it was disqualified, denied Mississippi unemployment. You can apply for Mississippi unemployment online at https://accessms.mdes.ms.gov/accessms/enter.do.

Mississippi Unemployment Benefits

In order to be eligible to collect unemployment benefits you must:

How do I file for Mississippi unemployment benefits

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:

Calculating Mississippi 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 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 Mississippi 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.