North Dakota Unemployment

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Unemployment Benefits Compensation

Max Weekly Benefit Amt.


Max Weeks of Benefits


Max Benefit Amount


Unemployment insurance benefits payments are funded from the taxes contributed by your employers. The amount you can collect in benefits is determined by eligible monies and wages earned during your Base Period and your Benefit Year.

Calculating North Dakota Unemployment Benefit Amounts

Determine Your Weekly Benefit Amount

Your Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA) is determined by taking the two-and-a-half highest earning quarters in your Base Period and dividing that number by 65.


First Quarter: $3,000

Second Quarter: $3,500

Third Quarter: $3,000

Fourth Quarter: $3,700

The highest two and a half highest earning quarters equals $8,700. Divided by 65, your WBA would be $134 (rounded to the nearest dollar from $133.84).

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Determine Your Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA)  

You Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA) is determined by how many weeks you are eligible to collect unemployment insurance in the state of North Dakota. Weeks you can collect benefits range from 12 to 26 weeks as determined by a ratio calculated from your two highest earning quarters in your Base Period. The minimum and maximum benefit amounts change every July. Effective from July 3, 2016 to July 1, 2017, the Minimum Weekly Amount is $43, and the Maximum Weekly Amount is $630.