Can I still collect unemployment if I take a Part-Time Job
I was offered a Part-Time Job and would like to know if I take it could I still get unemployment? I have tried to full-time work but no one is really hireing full-time. The hours I would get a week are 16-22. I Live in Illinois.
Anytime someone has an unemployment claim based on full-time work and they accept a part-time positiion .. because that's all they can find .. they may still be entitled to partial unemployment benefits.
It's understood that if a person is not able to earn as much in part-time employment as they are on unemployment it would probably discourage people from accepting a part-time job .. even though it may turn into full-time work .. so all states have a formula they use to determine the amount of the partial benefits.
If you are entitled it must be "part-time work" and then it has less to do with the number of hours you work .. rather the gross amount you earn in those hours .. because that is what must be reported to the state when you file for continued benefits each week.
Currently in 2010, this is how IL is figuring partial benefits.
If you are working "part-time" and your earnings are less than your weekly baenefit amount for "total unemployment" then any earnings you do earn in part time work must be reported.
But Illinois will disregard up to 1/2 or those earnings before they start reducing the weekly benefit amount dollar for dollar for the remaining earnings.
So, you can see .. that since they disregard a certain amount before applying the formula .. it could actually be advantageous to accept part-time work.
If you earned one and a half times your weekly benefit amount .. it would be a wash .. but you would still have earned more than unemployment.
Illinois is actually very generous in that the amount they disregard is quite substantial .. as compared to some other states.