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(updated August 4, 2020)

Many states are expanding unemployment benefits because of covid-19. These expanded benefits are for full-time as well as part-time, self-employed, and gig workers. Even if you only had your job briefly, you might still qualify.

The unemployment application and certification processes are difficult to navigate. We’ve put this guide together to help make things a little easier.

Please check the list of states below for details about your state’s unemployment benefits. You’ll also find links to your state’s Department of Labor site for more information. We’ll be adding more helpful information to this list as we receive it.

FAQ.

What are all the different types of unemployment benefits currently available?

  • Unemployment Insurance (UI) (also known as regular unemployment, unemployment compensation, reemployment, etc.): Available to workers who recently lost their job or had their hours reduced while they search for new employment.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): Expands UI for more workers including part-time, self-employed, and those without recent work history. In many states, PUA is often a separate application.
  • (UPDATE: These benefits have expired and are no longer available.) Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC): If you receive UI or qualify for PUA, you will also receive an additional $600 on top of your unemployment benefits until July 31st.
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) (also known as extended benefits): The extension of regular unemployment benefits by 6-20 additional weeks, depending on your state. In most states this is 13 additional weeks.

Am I eligible for any of these unemployment benefits?

Use this 2-minute tool to find out.

How long after I apply will I receive unemployment benefits?

In some states it is taking as long as 10 weeks after applying to receive benefits.

What is a weekly or bi-weekly certification?

Depending on your state, you are required to certify your benefits and report any income you have earned since you last certified. Many states have waived the requirement to report you job search details due to covid-19; however, check the information below to verify for your state.

Do I have to pay taxes on my unemployment income?

Yes, unemployment is taxable income and you may have to pay federal and state taxes on both your regular unemployment and your PUA. You can choose to have taxes withheld from your unemployment if you want to avoid paying taxes later.

Will receiving unemployment impact my SNAP benefits?

Your SNAP benefits may be impacted based on the amount of unemployment you receive. UPDATE: Now that the additional $600 payment has expired, you may be eligible for SNAP. You should re-apply now to begin receiving SNAP in August.

How will I receive my unemployment funds?

Many states give you the option of receiving your unemployment by direct deposit to your financial institution or on an unemployment benefits debit card that is mailed to you.


State information.

Alabama

Unemployment information: Alabama Department of Labor

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $275 a week.
  • In Alabama, unemployment is available for a maximum of 21 weeks. 14 weeks of regular unemployment and 7 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the covid-19 unemployment FAQs for Alabama.

Alaska

Unemployment information: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $370 a week.
  • In Alaska, unemployment is available for a maximum of 46 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 20 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the covid-19 unemployment FAQs for Alaska.

Arizona

Unemployment information: Arizona Department of Economic Security

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here. To apply by phone call 1(877) 600-2722.
  • The current maximum benefit is $240 a week.
  • In Arizona, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the covid-19 unemployment FAQs for Arizona.

Arkansas

Unemployment information: Arkansas Department of Workforce Services

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $451 a week.
  • In Arkansas, unemployment is available for a maximum of 30 weeks. 16-20 weeks of regular unemployment and 10-13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the covid-19 unemployment FAQs for Arkansas.

California

Unemployment information: California Employment Development Department

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $450 a week.
  • In California, unemployment is available for a maximum of 46 weeks; 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 20 weeks of extended benefits.
  • You can use this calculator to estimate your weekly benefits.

Want to learn more? See the covid-19 unemployment FAQs for California.

Colorado

Unemployment information: Colorado Department of Labor and Unemployment

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $618 a week.
  • In Colorado, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for Colorado.

Connecticut

Unemployment information: Connecticut Department of Labor

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $631 a week.
  • In Connecticut, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the covid-19 unemployment FAQs for Connecticut.

Delaware

Unemployment information: Delaware Department of Labor

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $400 a week.
  • In Delaware, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the covid-19 unemployment FAQs for Delaware.

District of Columbia

Unemployment information: District of Columbia Department of Employment Services

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $444 a week.
  • In DC, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the covid-19 unemployment FAQs for DC.

Florida

Unemployment information: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $275 a week.
  • In Florida, unemployment is available for a maximum of 25 weeks. 12 weeks of regular unemployment and 6-13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the covid-19 unemployment FAQs for Florida.

Georgia

Unemployment information: Georgia Department of Labor

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $365 a week.
  • In Georgia, unemployment is available for a maximum of 46 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 20 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the covid-19 unemployment FAQs for Georgia.

Guam

Unemployment information: Guam Department of Labor

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $345 a week.
  • In Guam, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks.

Want to learn more? See the covid-19 unemployment FAQs for Guam.

Hawaii

Unemployment information: Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $648 a week.
  • In Hawaii, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the covid-19 unemployment FAQs for Hawaii.

Idaho

Unemployment information: Idaho Department of Labor

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $432 a week.
  • In Idaho, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the covid-19 unemployment FAQs for Idaho.

Illinois

Unemployment information: Illinois Department of Economic Security

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $484 a week; however, you may qualify for an additional amount if you claim a qualifying dependent.
  • In Illinois, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the covid-19 unemployment FAQs for Illinois.

Indiana

Unemployment information: Illinois Department of Economic Security

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $309 a week.
  • In Idaho, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the covid-19 unemployment FAQs for Indiana.

Iowa

Unemployment information: Iowa Workforce Development

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $591 a week.
  • In Iowa, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the covid-19 unemployment FAQs for Iowa.

Kansas

Unemployment information: Kansas Department of Labor

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $503 a week.
  • In Kansas, unemployment is available for a maximum of 46 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 20 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the covid-19 unemployment FAQs for Kansas.

Kentucky

Unemployment information: Kentucky Career Center

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $596 a week.
  • In Kentucky, unemployment is available for a maximum of 46 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 20 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the covid-19 unemployment FAQs for Kentucky.

Louisiana

Unemployment information: Louisiana Workforce Commission

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $247 a week.
  • In Louisiana, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the covid-19 unemployment FAQs for Louisiana.

Maine

Unemployment information: Maine Department of Labor

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $445 a week plus $10 per dependent claimed.
  • In Maine, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the covid-19 unemployment FAQs for Maine.

Maryland

Unemployment information: Maryland Department of Labor

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $430 a week.
  • In Maryland, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for Maryland.

Massachusetts

Unemployment information: Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $823 a week.
  • In Maryland, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for Massachusetts.

Michigan

Unemployment information: Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $362 a week.
  • In Michigan, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for Michigan.

Minnesota

Unemployment information: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $740 a week.
  • In Maryland, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for Minnesota.

Mississippi

Unemployment information: Mississippi Department of Employment Security

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $235 a week.
  • In Mississippi, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for Mississippi.

Missouri

Unemployment information: Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $320 a week.
  • In Missouri, unemployment is available for a maximum of 30 weeks. 20 weeks of regular unemployment and 10 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for Missouri.

Montana

Unemployment information: Montana Department of Labor and Industry

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $572 a week.
  • In Montana, unemployment is available for a maximum of 41 weeks. 28 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for Montana.

Nebraska

Unemployment information: Nebraska Department of Labor

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $440 a week.
  • In Nebraska, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for Nebraska.

Nevada

Unemployment information: Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $469 a week.
  • In Nebraska, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for Nevada.

New Hampshire

Unemployment information: New Hampshire Employment Security

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $427 a week.
  • In Nebraska, unemployment is available for a maximum of 46 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 20 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for New Hampshire.

New Jersey

Unemployment information: New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $713 a week.
  • In New Jersey, unemployment is available for a maximum of 46 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 20 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for New Jersey.

New Mexico

Unemployment information: New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $461 a week.
  • In New Mexico, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for New Mexico.

New York

Unemployment information: New York Department of Labor

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $504 a week. You can use this calculator to estimate your weekly benefits.
  • In New York, unemployment is available for a maximum of 46 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 20 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for New York.

North Carolina

Unemployment information: North Carolina Employment Security Division

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $350 a week.
  • In North Carolina, unemployment is available for a maximum of 21.6 weeks. 12 weeks of regular unemployment and 9.6 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for North Carolina.

North Dakota

Unemployment information: North Dakota Job Services

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $350 a week.
  • In North Dakota, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for North Dakota.

Ohio

Unemployment information: Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • Estimated benefits: The maximum per week is $484. You may qualify for an additional amount if you claim a qualifying dependent. You can use this chart to estimate your weekly benefits.
  • In Ohio, unemployment is available for a maximum of 46 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 20 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the covid-19 unemployment FAQs for Ohio.

Oklahoma

Unemployment information: Oklahoma Employment Security Commission

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $539 a week.
  • In Oklahoma unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for Oklahoma.

Oregon

Unemployment information: Oregon Employment Department

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $648 a week.
  • In Oregon, unemployment is available for a maximum of 46 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 20 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for Oregon.

Pennsylvania

Unemployment information: Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $573 a week.
  • In Pennsylvania, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the covid-19 eligibility FAQs and the covid-19 unemployment FAQ for Pennsylvania.

Puerto Rico

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for Puerto Rico.

Rhode Island

Unemployment information: Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $599 a week.
  • In Rhode Island, unemployment is available for a maximum of 46 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 20 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for Rhode Island.

South Carolina

Unemployment information: South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current average weekly benefit amount is $236. The maximum weekly benefit is $326.
  • In South Carolina, unemployment is available for a maximum of 36 weeks. 20 weeks of regular unemployment and 16 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for South Carolina.

South Dakota

Unemployment information: South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum weekly benefit is $414.
  • In South Dakota, unemployment is available for a maximum of 26 weeks.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for South Dakota.

Tennessee

Unemployment information: Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum weekly benefit is $275.
  • In Tennessee, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for Tennessee.

Texas

Unemployment information: Texas Workforce Commission

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum weekly benefit is $521.
  • In Texas, unemployment is available for a maximum of 46 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 20 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for Texas.

Utah

Unemployment information: Utah Workforce Services

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum weekly benefit is $521.
  • In Texas, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for Texas.

Vermont

Unemployment information: Vermont Department of of Labor

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum weekly benefit is $531.
  • In Vermont, unemployment is available for a maximum of 46 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 20 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the covid-19 unemployment FAQs for Vermont.

U.S. Virgin Islands

Unemployment information: U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Labor

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum weekly benefit is $552.
  • In the U.S. Virgin Islands, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Virginia

Unemployment information: Virginia Employment Commission

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum weekly benefit is $378.
  • In Virginia, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for Virginia.

Washington

Unemployment information: Washington State Economic Security Department

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum benefit is $844 a week.
  • In Washington, unemployment is available for a maximum of 46 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 20 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the covid-19 unemployment FAQs for Washington.

West Virginia

Unemployment information: West Virginia Department of Workforce

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum weekly benefit is $424.
  • In West Virginia, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for West Virginia.

Wisconsin

Unemployment information: Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum weekly benefit is $370.
  • In Wisconsin, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the covid-19 unemployment FAQs for Wisconsin.

Wyoming

Unemployment information: Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
  • The current maximum weekly benefit is $508.
  • In Wyoming, unemployment is available for a maximum of 39 weeks. 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Want to learn more? See the unemployment FAQs for Wyoming.


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