When it comes to the Unemployment Insruance Law, each state has the option of administering its own program or of following Federal guidelines. In the case of the state of Wyoming, the state has opted to administer its own law, which falls under the Federal jurisdiction.
There are over 200 workers in Wyoming that are eligible to receive benefits from the Wyoming Unemployment Insurance Law. An employee is eligible to receive benefits if he or she has earned at least 8% of the statewide annual average wage during the base period of employment. In Wyoming, that minimum base period amounts to $2,300 as of 2003.
In order for an employee to be eligible to receive unemployment insurance benefits, the employee must be unemployed through no fault of his or her own. I found that the most common reason that an employee receives unemployment insurance is because he or she has been laid off from work.
Once an employee qualifies to receive unemployment insurance benefits, the employee needs to continue to search for employment. There is a minimum number of jobs that the worker must apply for each week. An agent from the unemployment office will follow up with each worker to assure that the worker continues to search for employment.
In the event that a worker is offered employment, the worker will most likely be required to accept the employment. However, if the worker chooses not to accept the employment, then he or she will need to have a good reason for turning the work down. Keep in mind that if a worker accepts a part time job, he or she could still be eligible to receive a portion of the unemployment insurance benefits, depending on the pay rate of the part time job.
Also, the rate of the unemployment insurance benefit that you are eligible to receive will be based on a percentage of the wage that you were earning when you were last employed.