Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Unemployment insurance provides benefits to persons who are unemployed through no fault of their own and who are ready, willing and able to work, and actively seeking work.

The current weekly benefit amount provided by the Maryland Unemployment Insurance Law ranges from $25 to $430.

Do these numbers change?

HB 1228/SB 882

Read the Law: MD Code, Labor & Emp. § 8-1103 , 8-1105 , 8-1109 , 8-1110 , 8-1111


You must be unemployed:

  • through no fault of your own, and
  • able, available, and actively seeking work.
Income Eligibility


Asset Eligibility


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Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation Unemployment Insurance Appeals Information

Either an applicant for benefits or an employer can appeal Unemployment Insurance decisions. The first level of appeal is to ask for a hearing before a Hearings Examiner. The appeal must be received in writing by the Unemployment Office within 15 days of the date on the decision.

The claimant or employer has a right to file a further appeal or may petition for further review, to the three-member Board of Appeals. The Board is empowered to either review the hearing examiner's decision on the record or to hold an additional hearing. The Maryland Unemployment Decisions Digest contains summaries of precedent decisions on the sections of the law most used by hearing examiners. The digest is a valuable tool for those building an unemployment insurance case.

The Board's written decision is appealable to the Circuit Court, but the Court's review is limited to the record.

Sources of Law

Federal Law: 42 U.S.C.A. §§ 501-504 authorizes the allocation of funds to states that comply with federal requirements.

Federal Regulations: See the US Department of Labor's regulations on unemployment benefits (Employment and Training Administration).

The key laws in this area are the Maryland state law and the Maryland Regulations.

State Law:  Md. Ann Code Labor and Employment, Title 8

State Regulations:  COMAR to

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