While details vary from state to state, many states have partial unemployment payment benefits for those who, through no fault of their own, cannot work a sufficient number of hours. Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Jersey provide financial benefits to the partially unemployed with amounts determined by those individuals' weekly earnings.
Financial benefits are available for those working part-time in Connecticut if they are able to work under law, if the numbers of hours they work in a week is under full-time as determined by the particular job and if those individuals work part-time through no fault of their own. Connecticut determines how much Unemployment Compensation Benefits to provide to part-time workers by deducting two-thirds of each worker's gross income from the state's established Weekly Benefit Rate.
The State of New Jersey has a similar system, except that it defines eligibility as being for those who work 80 percent or less of the usual hours for their particular job. The state provides a Partial Benefit Rate that is slightly higher than a weekly benefit rate. The State of Pennsylvania usually provides partial benefits for part-time workers at a slightly higher rate than New Jersey, but in certain cases may award full benefits to qualifying part-time workers.