The Coronavirus Relief Bill increased the unemployment benefits individuals get from their state. While the state unemployment benefits range between $250 to $550, the coronavirus relief act is going to increase it by $600 per week up to 16 weeks. This is a memorable boost to unemployment benefits. Given the COVID-19 outbreak has finally reached its peak, it should be enough to sustain during the final days we have.
By no means, you’re not going to get $600 per week. That $600 will be added on top of your state unemployment benefits you’re getting. Whether you live in Oregon, Florida, Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, or any other state in the country, you’re eligible for the boost if you’re claiming unemployment.
This doesn’t mean that new applicants will not receive unemployment though. You will still get unemployment even if you claim it now which you can do online.
Generally, you can claim unemployment only if you lost your job due to a lack of available work. So those who quit their jobs wouldn’t be able to get unemployment. However, because of the pandemic, the Department of Labor brought some flexibility to it.
If you left employment due to the risk of infection or to care for a family member, you qualify for unemployment. This applies to those who self-quarantined themselves with the expectation of returning back to work once the quarantine is over. Also, if your employer ceased operations due to the pandemic, and you’re basically on hold, you can claim unemployment benefits.
How much is unemployment in my state?
In general, unemployment ranges anywhere between $250 to $550 per week. With the additional $600 per week from the federal government, it should increase to $850 to $1,150. The full list of unemployment benefit amounts by each state adjusted with the CARES Act bonus can be read here.
How to claim unemployment online?
The unemployment benefits are handled by states, not the federal government. Therefore, you first need to get to your state’s department of labor website and make a claim there. Being unemployed or not being able to work due to coronavirus pandemic will grant you unemployment benefits. Even if you’re holding your job but can’t work due to quarantine you can get unemployment benefits.
Click on your state’s department of workforce or labor below to claim unemployment online.