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How does someone collect unemployment benefits in Maryland?

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An individual can apply for unemployment in Maryland either by applying over the phone or online at Maryland's government unemployment website. The unemployed individual must file a claim to be considered for receiving unemployment assistance.

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There are requirements for receiving unemployment assistance from the government of Maryland. The unemployed individual must have been employed and receiving adequate salary or wages for at least 1 year, known as the "base period." The base period consists of the first four quarters of the previous five quarters prior to filing for unemployment. For example, if an individual were filing his or her claim in the first quarter of the year, the base period would be October 1 to September 30. If an individual were filing his or her claim in the second quarter of the year, the base period would be January 1 to December 31.

Individuals qualifying for unemployment benefits are those who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Weekly benefits can range from 25 dollars to 380 dollars. This amount is determined by each individual's previous wage. The unemployment claim is effective for 1 year, and the individual can receive full unemployment benefits for up to 26 weeks.

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