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COVID-19 -- Unemployment Insurance

The Department of Workforce Services continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, under the direction of the Governor’s Office. Below you will find information and resources regarding our services and COVID-19. Please check back regularly as these resources will continually be updated.

File an Unemployment Insurance Claim

Individuals should apply for traditional unemployment benefits if they have an employer and

  • have been laid off, temporarily furloughed, or have had their hours reduced, or
  • are able and available (not showing any symptoms of COVID-19), but are unable to go to work because their place of employment has been quarantined, or
  • are quarantined, but not showing symptoms, and will return to work.
  • For more information, see the Unemployment Insurance- FAQ for Employees | Spanish
Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

NOTE: If you are already receiving unemployment insurance benefits you do not need to apply.

Individuals should apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance if they are not eligible for traditional unemployment but have lost income due to COVID-19 and

  • are self-employed or working in the gig economy, or
  • lack sufficient work history to qualify for traditional unemployment benefits, or
  • are employed by an organization exempt from unemployment taxes, such as religious institutions, or
  • have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have a member of their household that has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • For more information, see the Pandemic Unemployment Insurance Claims Process Overview | Spanish

Employee Resources

Employer Resources

    CARES Act Information

    On March 27, 2020, Congress passed a federal stimulus package known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Within this act are three benefits that unemployed individuals may be eligible for. See the FAQs below for more information.

    • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation