COVID-19 information

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We’re all in this together.

COVID-19 has created an unprecedented demand for our services—especially unemployment benefits and Paid Family and Medical Leave.

Building capacity. We increased our capacity and hired more than 1000 people to assist with claims.

Updating technology. We continually update our technology to make it easier to use and to implement new emergency rules and programs. Unfortunately, technology updates take a few weeks go into effect, so changes may lag.

Our phones are very busy. We know that it’s frustrating when our systems don’t work the way they should. We are implementing new processes to reduce the number of times callers need to be transferred. If you’re having a hard time getting through on the phones, use our web services. Many general unemployment questions can be answered on our website. If you have a problem that can only be fixed over the phone, please keep trying. Our dedicated experts are here for you, even if they’re hard to reach right now.

Lost Wages Assistance

(Updated: August 27, 2020)

Lost Wages Assistance is a federal program that adds $300 for each week the program remains federally funded. If you received unemployment benefits for certain weeks and you are unemployed or working fewer hours because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for these benefits.


Returning to work

(Updated: July 2, 2020)

As the economy reopens in phases during the COVID-19 crisis, we and our workforce partners offer continued unemployment and re-employment services. Please visit the Return to work page for a range of resources for workers and employers, including information on situations where an employee may decline an offer to return to work

CARES ACT - Federal stimulus

(Updated: September 1, 2020)

Regular Unemployment

Regular weekly unemployment benefits provide you with temporary income when you lose your job through no fault of your own. The money partly replaces your lost earnings and helps you pay expenses while looking for new work.

Federal CARES Act: Expanded unemployment benefits programs

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

PUA is a separate benefit program that provides a financial safety net to many people who do not qualify for regular unemployment, including:

  • Self-employed people
  • Independent contractors
  • Part-time workers (with fewer than 680 hours)
  • Available Feb. 2 - Dec. 26, 2020

Changes are coming to the number of weeks available for PUA. Go to the benefit extensions page for details.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

PEUC is an extension of regular unemployment benefits that is available March 29 - Dec. 26, 2020. It provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits on top of your regular unemployment benefits. Find out more about PEUC and other benefit extension programs you may qualify for after you run out of regular unemployment benefits. 

Changes are coming to the number of weeks available for some extension programs. Go to the benefit extensions page for details.

Frequently asked questions


 Information for workers

For questions about how unemployment, standby, the waiting week, and more have been affected by COVID-19, please see our Q&A for workers.

Workers Q&A


Information for employers

For businesses looking for updates on how COVID-19 has impacted unemployment insurance, quarterly reporting, and more, please see our Q&A for businesses.

Business Q&A

COVID-19 rulemaking

COVID-19 rulemaking: This page provides links to current emergency rules and rulemaking documents, and will host future information about new or amended rules, public hearings, responses to public comments, and supporting documents for all the Department’s COVID-19 related rulemaking.


COVID-19 information

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