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Benefits of Filing for Hawaii Unemployment

Job loss has had a devastating impact on numerous families across the islands. Until the economy stabilizes, former workers like you need a support system to provide financial security. The State of Hawaii helps unemployed workers with supplemental paychecks and online guides for how to collect benefits.

While unemployment benefits will not give you as much money as you used to make, the checks will help keep the collection agencies away. The financial benefits you can expect from Hawaii's unemployment insurance program are limited. The maximum weekly benefit amount is $545, with $5 being the weekly minimum. Anyone who has not earned enough wages to qualify for at least the weekly minimum cannot receive Hawaii unemployment benefits. Benefits are based on the wages received during the first four of the previous five completed quarters. The state takes the highest quarter's earnings and divides by 21 to calculate the weekly benefit amount. Benefits last for up to 26 weeks out of every one-year period.

Filing for unemployment in Hawaii is a straightforward process. You can apply in-person or over the telephone. When you file for the first time or reopen a claim, you will need to provide your social security number or your alien registration number. You will also need to know the names, addresses, telephone numbers, employment dates, and separation reasons for all employers during the previous 18 months. You must meet the eligibility criteria in order to apply.

If you decide to complete your initial application for Hawaii unemployment benefits over the phone, you can call 643-5555 within Hawaii or 1-877-215-5793 outside the state. Claims representatives are accessible 9 am to 11 pm on Sundays, 6:30 am to 11 pm Monday through Thursday, and 6:30 am to 4:30 pm on Fridays. Even if you start your claim through the automated telephone system, Hawaii Tele-Claim, you must still speak with a government representative in order to finalize the process. You can make most subsequent claims over the phone or online without speaking to a claims representative.

Hawaii also offers emergency unemployment benefits, disaster unemployment benefits, and trade adjustment assistance for individuals who qualify under those programs. Anyone interested in these specialized unemployment programs should contact the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.


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