Massachusetts Unemployment

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Unemployment Compensation

Max Weekly Benefit Amt.


Max Weeks of Benefits


Max Benefit Amount


Unemployment Benefits Compensation

Calculating Massachusetts Unemployment Benefit Amounts

Massachusetts pays approximately 50 percent of the wages earned during your base period, up to the maximum legal amount. The regular base period is the last four calendar quarters you worked. [Traditional Base Period Chart]. You must have received income that totals at least 30 times the amount of your weekly benefit payment during your base period.

You can calculate an approximate benefit amount, but the best way to determine your unemployment benefit amount is to apply.

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Determine Your Weekly Benefit Amount

Add the two highest-earning quarters together and divide by 26 (the number of weeks in those two quarters) to get your Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA).* You will receive approximately half the weekly wage amount in weekly benefit payments.

*If you worked two or less quarters, divide the highest quarter by 13 to determine your average weekly wage.

Determine Your Maximum Benefit Amount

The Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA) you can receive is 30 times your weekly benefit amount.*

*Although the maximum benefit term is 30 weeks, many applicants qualify for a shorter term.