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COVID-19: Changes in Unemployment Benefits During the Pandemic

Authored By
Education for Justice

Updated September 24, 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: 

  1. Increased the payment amount. This program ended and you just get the regular amount now.
  2. 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.
  3. Increase how long you can get unemployment


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