Need to file for unemployment?
Things to know:
Each state runs their own Unemployment Insurance Program, so visit the website of the state where you work.
Find links to your state site using CareerOneStop’s Unemployment Benefits Finder at www.CareerOneStop.org/Unemployment.
Learn about: How to Apply, Benefit Amounts, Eligibility, and more.
Many state websites and phone lines are experiencing extremely high traffic, so if you have difficulty getting to a website or completing your application, here are some tips:
Look for FAQs in your state website; most have specific tips on applying during this busy time.
Be patient and persistent. Continue to attempt to complete your application. Try at different times of the day including early morning or late evening.
You may have heard about new benefits for self-employed and gig workers, plus an additional $600 per week. Be assured: states are working to connect people with benefits as soon as possible.
If you don’t see this new information on your state website right away, you should go ahead and file as directed. Follow instructions to find updated information as it is available.