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Unemployment allowance


Lisatud 27.10.2013 | Uuendatud 18.01.2021

You are eligible for unemployment allowance if:

  • you have registered as an unemployed person;
  • your monthly income is lower than the 31-time daily rate of the unemployment allowance (EUR 292.02). The remuneration paid for temporary work, specified in subsection 4(3) of the Labour Market Services and Benefits Act, will not be considered among income (EUR 233.60 per calendar month in 2021);
  • in the 12 months preceding registering as an unemployed person, you have been employed or engaged in an activity equal to work, or engaged in another activity for which it cannot be presumed that you worked during the year preceding registering as an unemployed person for at least 180 days. 

While being registered as unemployed, the right to unemployment allowance does not arise during temporary employment (odd job) set out in § 42 of the Labour Market Services and Benefits Act.

The daily rate of unemployment allowance in 2021 is EUR 9.42, and the 31-time daily rate is EUR 292.02. 

You must notify your consultant of any circumstances affecting the receipt of unemployment allowance. 


To request the unemployment allowance, you need to submit an application to Töötukassa, which you can do through the local office where you are registered.

You can not receive the unemployment insurance benefit and the unemployment allowance together. However, you can apply for unemployment insurance benefit and unemployment allowance at the same time. Töötukassa will then check for which of the two you qualify.


For students

If you are a student, have just finished your studies, and are entering the labour market for the first time, a waiting period applies for you to receive unemployment allowance. Payment of the allowance will only start after two months after you have applied for it.


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