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The Process to Claim Unemployment Benefits in Delaware

You may apply for unemployment insurance benefits if you are a recently unemployed resident. The State Division of Unemployment Insurance manages the program and sets the criteria for eligibility, the benefit limit and the calculation of benefits.

We have compiled helpful information, hints, and tips about claiming unemployment benefits in Delaware on this website and FAQs and our free guide. Learn more about unemployment benefits in Delaware by reading below, checking out our Delaware FAQs, and reading our free guide.

Learn About Unemployment Benefits in Delaware

The state calculates your Delaware weekly unemployment benefits claim amount using your reported earnings in what is referred to as the base period. The base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters.

Then, the department determines the two quarters from the base period in which you made the most money and find the range that the amount falls within on the Weekly Benefit Amount Chart. The associated amount should be your weekly benefit amount if you continue to qualify.

It is important to note that a claimant will have to serve a single one-week waiting period every year that he or she claims unemployment benefits. The waiting period occurs right after a beneficiary is accepted, and it does not affect the claimant’s maximum benefit amount.

Learn About Filing a Claim in Delaware

The Division of Unemployment Insurance’s payment week begins on Sunday and runs through the following Saturday. When you claim unemployment benefits, request your benefits on the first Sunday after you fill your new or re-opened claim and each week thereafter that you are eligible. Make all your DE unemployment benefits claims through TeleBenefits or WebBenefits.

Complete your Weekly Pay Authorization the Sunday after you open your claim and weekly thereafter. File in person, by regular mail, by calling the automated TeleBenefits (telephone) system, or by going online and using the automated WebBenefits system.

If you are not receiving initial benefits because of a pending adjudication of your claim or you are involved in an appeal, you are still required to file your weekly claim certifications using TeleBenefits or WebBenefits.

It is your responsibility to call the local unemployment insurance office if you claim benefits by mail and do not get a new Weekly Pay Authorization covering the weekly claim period within one week of the Sunday you mailed your last Weekly Pay Authorization. You should call the office on the next working day in order for your Weekly Pay Authorization to be received on time.

You will be given a PIN when you call, which you can use in either the online or telephone system.

In addition, you will be asked whether you prefer direct deposit or a debit card to receive your payment. If you choose neither, you will automatically be placed on a debit card. Both of these require the use of a PIN.

If you have certified your claim or checked the status of your unemployment insurance by using TeleBenefits or WebBenefits, a PIN has already been established, and that PIN can be used to sign up for direct deposit.

How Long You May Receive Benefits in Delaware

You are entitled to benefits totaling 50 percent of your base period wages or up to 26 weeks, whichever is less. The benefit year commences on the Sunday of the first week in which you file an unemployment benefits claim and meet the eligibility requirements for unemployment benefits. It continues for one calendar year.

If you draw all of your benefits for that year in the first 26 weeks, you cannot receive any additional DE weekly benefit payment within that benefit year. Benefits cannot be paid in a second benefit year unless you received new employment, earned at least 10 times your new benefit amount, and met all other eligibility requirements.

There is also the possibility that you could receive an unemployment benefits extension if you have run through your regular unemployment insurance benefits, but this only occurs during a period of high unemployment. Extensions are covered in depth on our unemployment benefits extension page.

If you return to full-time work, your federal unemployment benefits stop on the first day you work, even if you do not receive any actual pay until a later date. You may be able to receive a partial payment for the week of re-employment, depending on the date when you were re-employed.

However, you must indicate on your weekly claim request and report any gross wages earned during this benefit week. Once you have indicated on your weekly request that you have returned to work, you will be required to report to the local office to file an additional claim or re-open one online the next time you become unemployed or have your hours reduced.

You must re-open your unemployment benefits claim if you return to part-time work or are filing a claim for reduced hours and your weekly claim exceeds your earnings allowance. If you are working part-time or with reduced hours and you have a week in which no work is performed and no wages are payable, you will still need to re-open your claim in person or online.

If you return to part-time work, you must continue to seek full-time employment, report all gross earnings, and meet all eligibility requirements.

Learn About Delaware Unemployment Benefits and Federal Income Tax

Unemployment benefits claims in Delaware are taxable if they are sufficient in amount either separate or together with your other income. These benefits will be listed on Form 1099-G which will be sent to you. You may elect to have federal taxes withheld from your check at a set rate of 10 percent.

Last Updated: October 10, 2022