COVID-19: Changes in Unemployment Benefits During the Pandemic

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Education for Justice


Updated March 17, 2021

If your job has been affected by COVID-19, apply for unemployment benefits right away. It’s probably faster to apply online

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.

On March 11, 2021, a new law changed the unemployment rules: 

  1. You get an extra $300 per week. If you are eligible for at least $1 in regular unemployment, you get an extra $300. You don't need to do anything to get the extra payment. You get the extra payments through early September 2021. 
  2. You can get unemployment through early September 2021. Even if you use up all your regular unemployment, you may be ablet o keep getting unemployment until early September.


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