Federal benefit programs (PEUC, PUA, FPUC) are ending in September. Learn more.
People who have lost their jobs or had their hours significantly reduced because of COVID-19 may qualify for unemployment benefits.
You may be eligible for unemployment benefits if you meet all other eligibility requirements; and:
You have temporarily or permanently lost your job or had your hours significantly reduced because of COVID-19.
A healthcare professional or health authority recommended or ordered you to avoid contact with others due to COVID-19.
You have been ordered not to come to your workplace due to an outbreak of COVID-19.
You have received notification from a school district, daycare, or other childcare provider that either classes are canceled or your usual childcare is unavailable, as long as you made a reasonable effort to find other childcare and requested time off or other accommodation from your employer and no reasonable accommodation was available.
What do I need to know about unemployment benefits?
If you are unemployed due to COVID-19, your experience will be similar to anyone else who needs to apply for unemployment benefits.
If you've become unemployed or had your hours greatly reduced, you should:
You may have heard about various benefit programs created during the pandemic. These include:
For weeks of unemployment between March 29, 2020– July 25, 2020: $600 per week additional payments were available to anyone receiving regular or extended unemployment benefits. This program is now expired.
For weeks of unemployment between July 26, 2020 – September 5, 2020: $300 per week additional payments were available to eligible applicants receiving regular or extended unemployment benefits. This program is now expired.
For weeks of unemployment between December 27, 2020 - September 4, 2021: $300 per week additional payments are available to anyone receiving regular or extended unemployment benefits.
The week of August 29 through September 4, 2021 will be the last week for which you can be paid the $300 per week additional payment benefit. You will be able to request payment for that week on or after September 5, 2021. Refer to Federal benefit programs ending in September for more information.