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Wyoming Unemployment

A Guide to Wyoming Unemployment Insurance

The Wyoming unemployment rate had been steadily decreasing between 1990 to 2007. It started out at 5.9% in January 1990, 4.1% in February 2000 and a low of 2.6% at the end of 2008. However, between the beginning of 2008 and November 2009, the Wyoming unemployment rate shot up to 7.7%. As of October 2011, it is now at 5.7%. What is Wyoming Unemployment Insurance

The state of Wyoming provides unemployment insurance temporarily to help reduce the economic strain on the unemployed while stabilizing local economies. Unlike other benefit programs, there is no requirement for financial need, meaning it is not an entitlement program. 

Eligibility for Wyoming Unemployment Insurance

The qualification criteria for Wyoming unemployment insurance benefits are as follows:

• You are unemployed from your last employer through no fault of your own as stated by the Wyoming Unemployment Insurance Division • You are monetarily eligible

• You have the both the ability and availability to work 

• You are actively looking for new employment

• You can timely file your claims bi-weekly for payment

• You must register with an Employment Center, such as the Department of Workforce Services

Filing a Claim for Wyoming Unemployment Insurance

There is no legal form for filing for Wyoming unemployment insurance benefits. However, you will need to file a claim by telephone or online. If you are living in Wyoming and wish to file a new claim, you can call (307) 473-3789 for the Wyoming Claims Center. If you prefer to file your unemployment claim online, you can use Wyoming UI Internet Service System at doe.state.wy.us/InetClaims. In order to qualify Wyoming unemployment benefits, you must continue to meet these requirements after each claim: 

•  You are currently unemployed

• Any and all statements you make in regarding your Wyoming unemployment insurance claim are to the best of your knowledge true 

• You understand that any statement you make regarding your separation from work can be sent back to your former employer 

• You allow the release of the information requested by the Wyoming Unemployment Insurance Division that that may be needed to determine and verify your eligibility for Wyoming unemployment benefits 

• you understand that your claim information can be disclosed to other government agencies as allowed under Wyoming Statutes 

How to Maintain Wyoming Unemployment Insurance

Assuming that you are continuously eligible, you can collect Wyoming unemployment benefits for a maximum of 26 weeks. If you exhaust all of your Wyoming unemployment benefits, you might be eligible for an extension under the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, a federal program that provides up to 20 additional weeks of benefits. To be eligible for this program, you must not be able to establish a new benefit year for regular unemployment insurance or you must have already received all your benefits for the year. Additionally, your total earnings of your regular claim must be at least 1.5 times more than the highest quarter of your base period. The last to apply for the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program is the week ending 12/31/2011 so if you are before the deadline to apply, you can either file your claim online or call the Wyoming Claims Center. If you need legal advice and assistance, contact Wyoming lawyers.