To receive unemployment benefits, you need to file a claim with the unemployment program in the state where you work. Find your state’s program, and check with them to see if you should file a claim in person, by telephone, or online.
Visit the link to gather general information: https://www.usa.gov/unemployment
The federal government is allowing new options for states to amend their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits related to COVID-19.
Visit the link to find details on their Unemployment Insurance program, including and additional flexibility offered to those impacted by coronavirus: https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/unemployment-insurance
The passage of a new law called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) provides additional unemployment benefits and a tax rebate. Read CARES Act Benefits (PDF) for more information and eligibility.
- If you are eligible for unemployment benefits in your state, you will automatically receive an additional $600 per week for up to four months through July 31, 2020.
- U.S. residents will be eligible for: (1) a one-time tax rebate of up to $1,200; and (2) an additional $500 for each child age 16 and under.
- You can withdraw up to $100,000 from your 401(K) or other workplace retirement plan in 2020 without having to pay a 10% penalty.