Do I Qualify?
If you were laid off or had your hours cut as a result of COVID-19, you likely qualify for regular unemployment benefits.
Self-employed people, contract workers, and some gig workers may qualify for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). This is a new unemployment benefits program created by the CARES Act. It has a separate application. It’s for people who are out of work due to COVID-19 and not eligible for regular unemployment benefits.
Anyone who is authorized to work in the U.S. may be eligible for unemployment benefits.
To find out if you may qualify, take the Eligibility Quiz. It will help direct you to the right application. Filling out the right application will get you your money fastest.