Can you resume unemployment benefits after being laid off again?

Many Americans that returned to work in May and June could lose their jobs as new lockdown measures are being applied to face the Coronavirus pandemic. But, are they eligible for unemployment benefits again?

Many Americans were called back to work in May and June as stores and businesses began to reopen. However, a new spike in Coronavirus infections is forcing states to impose a new lockdown that could lead to new layoffs.

Companies and small businesses are struggling to weather the pandemic and some that applied for the Paycheck Protection Program loans have already used those funds or are about to spend them soon.

Regarding jobless Americans who'd like to resume their unemployment benefits, we have good news! They can pick up where they left off and continue receiving the benefits. However, they should bear in mind that the process can be confusing.

Although every state has different unemployment systems, you can check out the general views for resuming unemployment benefits.

How much will you get

Bear in mind that by applying for unemployment benefits you will start a "benefit year." This means that if you have filed for unemployment in March 2020, the benefit year should last until March 2021.

Nevertheless, states can limit the amounts (usually $380 per week) and total duration (i.e. 26 weeks) of the benefits within that year-long period. These factors will determine eligibility to collect for the whole year.

Benefits in times of Coronavirus

After the Coronavirus outbreak in March, the government launched the CARES Act, which set measures to help Americans weather the crisis. It even grants $600 a week through July 31 in federal supplement payments.

These rules extended the period in which people can get benefits. Moreover, the law provided an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits. This measure was called the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation and it will expire by the end of the year.

In addition, most of the states launched other benefits,  which grant around 13 extra weeks.

It usually isn't necessary for workers to reapply when they transition into new periods of duration, but this process will vary according to the state. So, make some research to find out if you have to reapply!

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