The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) is responsible for administering and supervising the unemployment insurance (UI) program. It is designed to provide temporary financial assistance to individuals who are unemployed and actively seeking new job opportunities in the state. In particular, any UI claim center can help you address your questions or concerns regarding the UI program.
According to the DWS, you must be completely or partially unemployed due to no fault of your own. At the same time, you must be willing to work, physically able to work, and available to work on a full-time basis. Moreover, you must report all of your earnings from the last 18 months up to the date that your claim is filed. This includes any vacation, severance, or sick pay that you may have received from your last employer. If you are partially employed, you must be earning less than your potential weekly benefit amount; otherwise, a dollar-for-dollar deduction will be applied to your weekly earnings for any amount that exceeds this limit.
Work Search Requirement
To satisfy this requirement, you must first register with the DWS. Next, you must maintain a work search log in order to prove that you are actively seeking employment while receiving UI benefits. This log must include the details of at least two contacts per week, such as the date, method, and result of your attempts to inquire about a job opportunity. At any time, you can be requested to submit this work search log to the DWS. If it is incomplete, you can be disqualified from receiving UI benefits.
Monetary Eligibility Requirement
According to the condition, you must have earned enough wages in your “base period” to qualify for UI benefits. The “base period” is determined by using the first four quarters out of the last five completed quarters of the calendar year. In specific, you must have earned wages in at least two of the four quarters, and your total base period wages must be equal to or greater than 1.4 times the wages from the quarter in which you earned the highest amount (high quarter). In this period, you must have also earned a minimum of $2900 in total wages, and $2000 of this amount must have been earned in your high quarter. These numbers are specific because they will be used to calculate your monetary eligibility as well as your weekly and maximum benefit amounts. For instance, your weekly benefit amount will be approximately four percent of your high quarter.
In the state of Wyoming, you cannot receive more than $387 per week or less than $28 per week in UI benefits, depending on your total base period wages. Moreover, you can be permitted to take advantage of the UI program for anywhere between 11 and 26 weeks in one benefit year (52 weeks).
How to File a Claim
The most convenient way to file a UI claim is online, but you can also choose to complete this process by telephone. In this case, you will need to contact 1-307-473-3789. Before you can apply for UI benefits, you will need your Social Security Number and the details of your employment history from the last 30 to 60 days.