Coronavirus Update! -- How to Get Unemployment Benefits In Your Stateby Lisa Guerin
As the coronavirus sweeps across the country, the nation’s unemployment rate is on the rise. As of the end of July 2020, approximately 30 million people -- one in five workers -- were collecting unemployment. This figure includes the millions of employees who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 and the steps state and local governments have taken to contain it, from orders shutting down nonessential businesses to shelter-in-place restrictions, school closures, and more. It also includes millions of gig workers, contractors, and self-employed people who are collecting unemployment benefits through the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.
At the same time, federal and state governments are rapidly making changes to their unemployment programs, to ensure that more people who are out of work receive benefits more quickly.
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Use these resources to find a local lawyer for your unemployment claim or appeal.
Find out where you need to go to apply for unemployment benefits in State and how to get help with the application process.
To qualify for unemployment benefits in State, you must meet a minimum earnings requirement and you must be unemployed through no fault of your own.