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Old 09-19-2011, 07:37 PM
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Employed for 9 years for the same company and got laid off in dec 08. I have never had to draw unemployment so I figured I wasn't going to start now. Started handling some contract work in dec 08 and worked 1099 till nov 10 and the whole thing went flop. I've been unemployed sense then living on savings. I tried 3 weeks ago to draw unemployment and was denied because of lack of earnings in 10 and was told they couldn't go back to when I was laid off and I should have applied then and I could still be drawing now. So trying to do the right thing and find a job and not draw and do my own thing has got me in trouble. I guess I should have applied in 08 and sat on my a$$ till now and chilled out instead of taking on contract work and trying to rebound myself. Any ideas on this? Is there any hope for an appeal?
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Old 09-19-2011, 11:05 PM
Location: Wisconsin
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Nope. Unemployment benefits are calculated on insured earnings which occurred during the 18 months prior to your claim. Your 1099 earnings, of course, don't count.

Fwiw, it isn't necessary to do nothing while collecting unemployment. The procedure is to report your wages (1099 or W2) each week and, assuming you are not working full-time and/or earning more than your benefit, your benefit check is adjusted accordingly and you receive a Partial Benefit. Many unemployed who have lost their full-time jobs find part-time, temporary or contract work - not only for the income but to keep their resumes current and because they are happier working.

There is no room for an appeal here. If you had filed in Dec. 08 and had exhausted your state benefits and begun collecting at least 1 week of EUC benefits by Dec. 09, the Emergency Unemployment Benefits would still be available to you today.

Hopefully, you'll find other employment soon. Good luck.
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