Certify Weekly

Each week, we require that you check-in with us about your job hunt by answering a few questions. The questions are asking about the week before, so If you worked a few hours, you would be asked to enter the amount you earned between the last Sunday through Saturday.

Weekly certifications are an important part of the process to receive benefits if eligible. When you file for benefits the unemployment week ends Saturday at midnight. Weekly certifications need to begin that following week. They can be done any day of each week; the busiest day being Sunday. Also, do not wait for correspondence from our agency to take action. You must certify even if you have not been approved yet. Delay can result in non-payment of skipped weeks.

Calculate last week's earnings

Before you certify, please calculate any earnings you have earned from last week. (Even if those earnings have not yet been paid to you yet) If this is your first week to certify, odds are, you've earned some amount of money from this past week.

Be Prepared

How to Calculate

Earnings must be reported during weekly certification. Wages are reportable the week in which they are earned, regardless of when they are paid.


You can earn either $50 or 25% of your weekly benefit amount without reducing your weekly benefits, whichever amount is greater. For example, if you receive the maximum benefit of $325 each week, you may earn up to 25%, or $81.25, and still receive the full $325 benefit amount for that week. If your benefit amount is $175 per week, you may earn up to $50 without reducing your weekly benefit amount because 25% of $175 is $43.75.

If you earn more than your weekly benefit amount, your benefits will stop.


Even if your earnings during the week are less than the allowance described here, you must still report these earnings on your weekly certification.  Failure to do so will lead to a disqualification and overpayment of benefits.

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If you have any questions about weekly certification you can live chat with us in the bottom right-hand corner of this page or call (844) 224-5818 between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Central Monday through Friday.