Nebraska Unemployment

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Unemployment Compensation

Max Weekly Benefit Amt.


Max Weeks of Benefits


Max Benefit Amount


Unemployment compensation in Nebraska comes in the form of a simple debit card-based system or direct deposit. If you decide to use the debit card, you will need to create a pin number and draw money from it like you would any card.

Compensation isn’t an unlimited situation and has a variety of limitations that you need to understand before continuing.

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Calculating Nebraska Unemployment Benefit Amounts

  • Maximum Time to Claim Benefits: 26 weeks
  • Maximum Weekly Benefit Amount: $392
  • Yearly Maximum Benefit Amount: $10,192

Nebraska has one of the largest Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA) and Yearly Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA) levels of any state in the country. However, it is possible that you may not qualify for these levels. That's why it's necessary to know how to calculate each of these amounts on your own.

Determine Your Weekly Benefit Amount

Calculating your Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA) requires identifying your highest paying quarter (a three-month period) during your claimed period (18 months). Divide those earnings by 13 to calculate your average weekly wage, and divide that by two (rounding down to the next even dollar) to calculate your WBA.

EXAMPLE: If your highest earning quarter was $9,000, you divide this by 13 ($692) and divide this number by two to come up with a $346 Weekly Benefit Amount.

Determine Your Maximum Benefit Amount

After you have calculated your Weekly Benefit Amount, you will multiply that number by 26 to calculate your Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA). In our example, that would be 346 multiplied by 26 or $8,996, which you'll notice is about equal to your highest paying quarter.