Unemployment Assistance

General Unemployment: 39 weeks of unemployment insurance (UI)Increases the maximum unemployment benefit by $600 per week and ensures that laid-off workers, on average, will receive their full pay for four months.  

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance: Provides unemployment assistance for certain workers who are ineligible for regular UI (part-time, self-employed, independent contractors, limited recent work history, and others) from 1/27/20 to 12/31/20. Paid at one-half of state average benefits plus $600/week. Excludes individuals who have ability to telework with pay or are receiving sick leave or other paid leave benefits. Provides up to 39 weeks of benefits (cap includes weeks worker received regular UI or extended benefits).  

Short-Time Compensation (STC): For states that currently have STC programs—providing a pro-rated unemployment benefit for employees of employers who reduce work hours instead of laying off workers—100 percent of benefits are federally funded through 12/31/20. For states that begin STC programs, 50 percent of benefits are federally funded, and $100 million is provided to states to help implement STC programs.