Federal programs ended

The CARES Act and other federal programs that expanded and extended unemployment benefits expired the week ending Sept. 4, 2021. Visit the COVID-19 page to learn more

Calculating payments, interest, and deductions


How is your minimum monthly payment calculated?

If your overpayment was caused by fraud, your minimum monthly payment equals your weekly benefit amount (at the time you were overpaid) or 3 percent of the total outstanding balance when the billing statement is mailed, whichever is greater.

If your overpayment was not caused by fraud, your monthly payment equals one-third of your weekly benefit amount, 3 percent of the total overpayment balance, or $25, whichever is greater.

How is interest calculated?

Interest on overpayments is charged at 1 percent per month. Interest begins immediately on the principal and penalty balance of fraud overpayments. For non-fraud overpayments, interest begins on the principal balance if you miss a portion of two or more minimum monthly payments.


How are unemployment insurance deductions (offsets) calculated?

If you stop making your minimum monthly payment for any reason, we may deduct from your benefits. If you are receiving benefits we can withhold half or all of your benefits each week you claim to repay the principal balance of your overpayment. We will not deduct any interest, penalties, or court costs from your benefits. You must pay these costs yourself.

We will deduct 100 percent of your benefits payable for the week(s) if:

Your overpayment was caused by fraud;
The money left in your benefit claim is equal to or less than the amount you owe;
You ask us to cancel your old claim in order to file a new claim; or
You asked us to deduct it to pay off your overpayment faster

We will deduct 50 percent of your benefits payable for the week(s) if:

Your overpayment was not caused by fraud.