This page contains information on unemployment resources, such as unemployment insurance relief, benefits, workers' compensation, welfare or temporary assistance, and other unemployment programs and services
As of April 20, 2020, our state’s Department of Unemployment Assistance has issued an update:
- The Department has already begun implementing the FPUC program for regular UI claimants. The $600 will be added to all eligible weeks of benefits retroactive to March 29, 2020 and continuing until July 31, 2020. The disbursements will begin immediately in Massachusetts for those who are currently collecting benefits on regular UI claims.
- Next Steps For Claimants: Eligible claimants who are already receiving UI do not need to do anything for the additional $600 to be added to their weekly benefit amount. This benefit will be available for all new claimants filing for regular Unemployment Compensation as well, which can be done here.
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) - For Individuals Not Covered Under Traditional Unemployment Insurance (Self-Employed, Gig Economy Workers, Others):
- If you are self-employed, 1099 contractors, gig workers, DUA now has an application available for you. PUA will provide up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who are not working as a result of COVID-19 and are self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers, and others who otherwise would not qualify for regular UI.
- Eligible claimants will receive this benefit backdated to February 2, 2020, or the first week a claimant was unable to work as a result of COVID-19, whichever is more recent.
- Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) - For Individuals Who Exhausted Previous UI Benefits:
- A 13-week extension of benefits for individuals who exhausted their previous benefits – is not yet available as DUA continues to await federal implementation guidance.
- Next Steps For Claimants: No action at this time. Eligible claimants should continue to check for updates, which will be made available as soon as the state receives information from the federal government.