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The Base Period
Maryland calculates benefits based on a base period. The standard base period is the first four of the last five calendar quarters before the month in which you file your claim. For example, if you file your claim in March, the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation notes that your base period will run from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 of the previous year. You must have earned some money in at least two of the four quarters in the base period. If you worked outside the state or for the federal government, or were in the military during your base period, you may combine those wages with your Maryland wages to increase your benefit. In some cases, the state may use an alternate base period; contact the MDLLR to determine
if that applies to you.
Benefit Amounts and Other Issues
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