www.mass.gov/dua/webcert Massachusetts’ WebCert Unemployment Site Overwhelmed

The Massachusetts’ WebCert Unemployment Site  ( www.mass.gov/dua/webcert ) was overwhelmed after a local radio station mentioned the URL on the air. WebCetr is used to file for your weekly unemployment benefits, check the status of your claim and verify when your most recent payment was made.

The Unemployment rate as of September in Massachusetts was 8% down from it’s January high of 10.4% which was higher than the previous 10 year high in January of 1992.  But is better than the US average of 9%.

In Massachusetts unemployment claimants receive a weekly benefit of approximately 50 percent of their average weekly wage, up to the maximum set by law. The current maximum benefit rate is $625 a week.

The duration of benefits – the maximum number of weeks you would be able to collect benefits – is determined by the total amount of your wages paid and the amount of your benefit rate.

The maximum number of weeks a claimant can collect full benefits is 30 weeks. Under Massachusetts law, regular benefits are capped at 26 weeks (instead of the maximum of 30 weeks) whenever there is a program of extended benefits. However, many individuals qualify for less than the maximum weeks of coverage. The maximum benefit credit amount is $18,750, which equals $625 a week for 30 weeks.

If you are eligible for UI benefits in Massachusetts, you will receive a weekly payment for the prior week’s benefit. If you have children, you may be eligible to receive an additional $25 per child per week up to a maximum of 1/2 of your weekly benefit amount.