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You must be unemployed through no fault of your own, and you must have earned sufficient wages in your base period (the first 4 of the last 5 completed calendar quarters before the start date of your claim, or alternatively the last 4 quarters). Also, you must be able and available for full-time work.
The length of time that you will receive benefits is also based on how much you made during the base period.
You must continue to file bi-weekly (every 2 weeks). You are required to register for work, and you can do so online at Montana Works or at any Workforce Service Center. Also, you must continue to be able and available for full-time work. You must actively seek employment, while keeping a record of your work search activities using the Work Search Record, and you are required to keep this record for three years for auditing purposes. To be actively seeking employment, you must make at least one employer contact each week you file for benefits. Finally, you must accept suitable work.