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COVID-19 information for workers

Workers who have lost their jobs or had their hours significantly reduced because of COVID-19 may qualify for unemployment benefits.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed by Congress on March 27th, provides additional benefits to eligible workers:

  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) - $600/week additional payments for people receiving regular or extended unemployment benefits.
  • Pandemic Extended Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) – A 13-week extension of unemployment benefits for workers who have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program – provides weekly benefit payments for those who are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits in Minnesota or any other state.

A subsequent Executive Memorandum created the Lost Wages Assistance Program. That program offered an additional $300 per week to eligible applicants for a six-week period starting July 26, 2020 and ending September 5, 2020.

What you need to know

Eligibility for unemployment benefits

Benefit amounts

Working / receiving income while collecting unemployment benefits

Eligibility issues


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