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Can I quit a job and still get unemployment?

I am a 100 % commission sales associate for a car dealer. I have been in the business since 2005. My paychecks are barely enough to cover my fuel to get to and from work. If I can not afford to keep this job and they will not fire me what do I do? If I quit can I get unemployment? Someone please help!

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7 Responses to “Can I quit a job and still get unemployment?”

  1. gaijin says:

    If you quit,your not eligible for unemployment and if your paid commission only and unemployment/disability was not deducted,your not eligible either.

  2. rwa000 says:

    sorry but no, try another line of work if you can

  3. michr says:

    how you are paid is irrelevant, it could be hourly, salary, piece rate or commission all the matters is that you are considered an employee and not a contractor.
    quitting a job does NOT disqualify you from receiving benefits, WHY you quit or are fired is what disqualifies you.
    quitting does make it more difficult to qualify because you must prove there was a significant change in your employment conditions, that you did everything you could to not quit and that a reasonable person would have made the same choice.

    the only way to know for sure is to file and appeal if necessary which is a hard way to get a definitive answer. you can speak to someone at the employment office, explain your situation and ask for a non-binding opinion to see if you want to head down this road. good luck.

  4. mailaccount63 says:

    If you quit your job, you CANNOT collect unemployment.

  5. Mark M says:

    michr has a point. Go ahead and apply for unemployment, and appeal it (because you will have to).

    See if you can get a part time job. See if the dealer will keep you on as a part timer. If the dealer says you Have to be here at such and such hours. you may have a claim. If the dealer has added too many fender lizards to the lot, you may have a claim. But you will have to fight for it.

  6. blondie says:

    imo u would have it better staying at ur job than getting unemployment at least until u can find a new job. or go for it and put down lack of work. good luck

  7. no one you know says:

    You didn’t list the state that you live in so it may be different in every state with collecting unemployment.

    Since I am in Texas, below are the qualifications a person needs if they quit their job.


    You quit your job for a good well-documented work-related or medical reason. TWC may rule good cause if the work situation would cause a person who truly wants to keep the job to leave it.
    Examples of possible good cause are unsafe working conditions or a significant change in hiring agreement, or not receiving payment for your work.
    Examples of medical reasons are quitting on your doctor’s advice, or quitting to care for a minor child, or quitting to care for a terminally ill spouse if there is no alternative care provider.
    You quit to protect yourself from family violence or stalking, evidenced by an active or recently issued protective order, a police record documenting family violence or stalking directed against you, or medical documentation of family violence against you.


    Please check with your state’s workforce site and do a search for unemployment benefits to see if you qualify if you quit your job. Call the unemployment office as well for any other additional questions.