To qualify for unemployment benefits in New York, a claimant must have worked and been paid wages for work in a minimum of two quarters of a base year period and have been paid a minimum of $1600 in one calendar quarter of the same base year. Claimants must be mentally and physically able to work, as well as be available for employment, and be legally able to work in the United States.
New York Unemployment Benefit rates are determined weekly as one sixth of the highest paid wage quarter in a claimant’s base period. Benefit rates are initially determined using the information that an applicant’s employers have provided to the New York State Wage system. After a benefits claim has been filed, a monetary determination will be established and sent to the claimant.
The monetary amount will show your base period, and the employers and wages which were used to determine if you have sufficient employment for the claim that was made. If an applicant chooses to use Alternate Quarter wages, he or she will no longer be able to use the aforementioned employment and wages again, which may affect entitlement to a subsequent claim. You can file an unemployment claim in New York on their website.