Re: Laid Off
Correct. The site says 5 quarters and I was there Jan-Nov and I have a side business (which I haven't touched this year) which disqualifies me as well.
Your base year is the first four quarters of the previous five quarters, which means that your "base year" is from January to August and it is only used to determine if you paid enough into the system.
The way the instructions sound to me is that if you earned $3,000 per month in your highest quarter, so $9,000, then you would have earned $692 per week. This means you can receive about $346 per week or the state's maximum, whichever is less.
If your side business is not a substantial part of your income and if it does not interfere with your ability to work full time, then it should not disqualify you, although your benefits will probably be reduced for the weeks that you earn money from your side business.
File a claim, declare all of your earnings, and be ready to work full time. You should be able to get something to tie you over for a bit.
Your state has online filing and direct deposit. You apparently don't have to go anywhere to do anything.
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