Unemployment Benefits and the Coronavirus

Unemployment Benefits and the Coronavirus

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.


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