Use the calculator to estimate your Arizona weekly benefit amount (WBA) for unemployment compensation. The calculator was last updated in March 2020.

You can also learn more about what you will need to file for unemployment in Arizona.


Instructions and details are included below the calculator. The calculator will auto-update as you enter information.

The calculator is for informational purposes only and cannot file any claim for benefits on your behalf. Furthermore, this calculator is not endorsed by any government agency and cannot guarantee eligibility or benefits.

Arizona Weekly Benefit Amount Calculator: Instructions and Explanations

Date Claim Filed

Enter the date that you filed your claim (or will file your claim) for unemployment.

Arizona will usually consider your claim effective as of Sunday of the same week that you file. This affects which quarterly earnings are considered as your base period (see below) when calculating your weekly benefit amount.

Base Period: Calendar Quarters | Wages Earned

Enter your total wage earnings for each of the four calendar quarters listed, which are the first four of the most recent five completed calendar quarters.

You must have either:

  • earned at least 390x the state minimum wage ($11/hour…for a total of $4,290), in your highest-earning quarter and the total of your earnings from the other three quarters must be at least 50% of your highest-earning quarter; or
  • earned at least $5,987.50 in your highest-earning quarter and a total of at least $7,000 combined in your two highest-earning quarters.

The quarter with the highest earnings will then be used to calculate your WBA.

If you do not qualify under the standard base period, you may be able to use the most recent four completed quarters as an alternate base period (with different earning minimum requirements).

Arizona Weekly Benefit Amount Calculator: Results

Estimated Weekly Benefit Rate (WBA)

The calculator returns your estimated WBA based on your highest-earning quarter during the base period.

Your WBA is approximately 4% of your highest-earning quarter.

The maximum WBA is $240 and minimum WBA is $122, although everyone who qualifies under the current eligibility requirements should always meet the minimum.

The calculator will return an estimated weekly benefit rate of $0, if it appears that you do not meet the eligibility requirements described above.

Your WBA may be reduced by other compensation that you receive and certain mandated payments, such as delinquent child support payments.

Maximum # of Weeks

The maximum number of weeks for which you can receive your WBA is 26 weeks.

Weeks are calculated by multiplying total wages earned during your base period by 40% and then dividing by your WBA. If the resulting figure is less than 14 weeks, you cannot receive any benefits. The maximum number of weeks cannot exceed 20 weeks.

File a Claim in Arizona

The following link will let you start the online process to file a claim for benefits. Unemployment compensation benefits are administered by the Arizona Department of Economic Security, the state government agency that helps Arizonan job seekers and workers.