Use the calculator to estimate your North Carolina 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 North Carolina.


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.

North Carolina 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.

North Carolina 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 wages in at least two quarters, and must also have earned at least $790 in at least one of the most recent quarters of the based period in order to qualify for benefits.

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.

North Carolina Weekly Benefit Amount Calculator: Results

Estimated Weekly Benefit Rate (WBA)

The calculator returns your estimated WBA based on your average weekly wage during the base period.

Your WBA is the sum of your two most recent quarters (of the base period) divided by 52. If the resulting figure is less than $15, your WBA will be zero.

If eligible, the maximum WBA is $350.

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 20 weeks.

File a Claim in North Carolina

The following link will let you start the online process to file a claim for benefits. Unemployment compensation benefits are administered by the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Division of Employment Security, the state government agency that helps North Carolinian job seekers and workers.