COVID-19: Changes in Unemployment Benefits During the Pandemic
Updated May 26, 2020
If your job has been affected by COVID-19, apply for unemployment benefits right away. It’s probably faster to apply online because a lot of people are trying to call right now.
There are some temporary changes to the rules for unemployment benefits. See our fact sheet Unemployment Benefits for information on the regular rules for unemployment benefits.
The new rules for unemployment:
- Increase the payment amount. Everyone gets an extra $600 per week, through July 25.
- Let many self-employed and gig economy workers get unemployment benefits. Apply now. If you already applied and got rejected because you were self-employed, you don't need to apply again.
- Increase how long you can get unemployment