The federal government has allowed states to change their unemployment benefits laws. It lets them provide unemployment benefits for situations related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
And, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has expanded benefits further. It authorizes:
Self-employed workers and gig workers to receive unemployment benefits
All unemployed workers to receive an extra $600 a week for up to six months
Unemployed workers to get an extra 13 weeks of benefits beyond the number a state currently provides
Contact your state’s unemployment insurance program for more information and to apply for benefits.