Benefits include an increase of $600/week on top of existing state benefits for up to 4 months. Benefits were also expanded to freelancers/contractors.
More details on COVID-related unemployment changes
Self-employed freelancers, independent contractors, and part-time employees can now receive unemployment benefits. In addition to what you receive from your state, the federal government will also pay $600/week for up to 4 months.
You are now covered if you have to leave work due to COVID-19. This means you'll receive coverage if you are sick yourself, you are caring for someone who is sick, you are in a medically-advised quarantine, or you are a primary caregiver and were forced to quit your job because your child’s daycare closed.
State unemployment benefits have been extended by an additional 13 weeks on top of what your state offered before for a maximum of 39 weeks.
If you were on unemployment but it ran out, you are eligible to reapply for benefits to begin again.
Unemployment benefits are considered income and could disqualify you to receive certain public benefits.
How do I apply for unemployment?
Unemployment is administered by each state. This useful site can help you navigate to your state to file online directly.
How long will it take to begin receiving a check?
It generally takes two to three weeks after you file your claim to receive your first benefit check. With COVID-19, it may take longer depending on your state to apply as soon as you can!
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