Need to apply for Unemployment Insurance?
Unemployment Insurance is a joint state-federal program that provides cash benefits to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. Each state administers a separate unemployment insurance program, but all states follow the same guidelines established by federal law.
In general, benefits are based on a percentage of your earnings over a recent 52-week period, and each state sets a maximum amount. Benefits are subject to federal and most state income taxes and must be reported on your income tax return. You may choose to have the tax withheld from your payment.
March 2021 update: The March 2021 American Rescue Plan adds extra weeks to unemployment benefit payments:
- If you’re already receiving unemployment benefits, payments will generally be extended for another 25 weeks, until Sept. 6.
- The $300 weekly supplemental benefit, which is provided on top of your regular benefit and was scheduled to end in March, remains at $300 but will be paid through Sept. 6.
Learn more about if you might be eligible, or select the state where you worked to apply and learn details of your state's program. You’ll find website links and/or phone numbers to file and learn more about eligibility, benefits, and other questions you might have.