The Covid-19 pandemic and the closures it caused, left thousands of Americans with no jobs in each city. Despite the fact that unemployment figures began to decline, the economy is not recovering at the expected rate.
Unemployment insurance programs of the United States Department of Labor provide benefits to workers who are out of work through no fault of their own, and who also meet certain eligibility requirements.
This program is run by the federal and state governments, and each state administers its own unemployment insurance program separately, so the guidelines change from place to place.
Although each state sets its own eligibility guidelines for unemployment benefits, in general, you can qualify if:
1 – You are unemployed through no fault of your own, which means that you are unemployed because there are no jobs available.
2 – You worked for a specified period of time before you were unemployed. In most states, this would be the first four of the last five quarters before the day you file for unemployment benefits.
3 – Finally, you must meet the additional requirements requested by your state. You can find the requirements for each state on the CareerOneStop site, for example.
To receive unemployment insurance benefits, you must submit an application for your state's unemployment program.
You can find the contact information for each place on the Department of Labor website.