There is a variety of benefit and assistance programs to help you if you lose your job. CareerOneStop.org is a good place to start to get help with unemployment insurance benefits, job training, and finding a job.
Am I eligible?
Unemployment insurance programs pay money to workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own. You must meet certain eligibility requirements as determined by your state.
How do I apply?
Each state operates its own unemployment insurance program. Select your state from this map to find out how to apply. Many states require you to file for unemployment benefits online, and some provide toll-free numbers or other ways to get help filing.
Is there anything else I need to know?
Extended Unemployment Insurance - Some states provide 13 weeks of extended unemployment insurance benefits during periods of high unemployment. Not everyone who qualified for regular benefits qualifies for extended benefits. When a state begins an extended benefit period, it notifies those who have received all of their regular benefits that they may be eligible for extended benefits.
Unemployment insurance benefits are taxable - You must report any unemployment benefits you receive as part of your gross income on your taxes. Find more information about taxes on unemployment compensation and forms that you may need.
Other Types of Benefits and Programs for the Unemployed
Self-employment assistance offers unemployed workers the opportunity to create their own jobs by starting their own small businesses. This is a voluntary program offered by Delaware, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, and Oregon.
Learn how to file a complaint if you believe you have experienced discrimination in the SNAP program because of age, sex, color, race, disability, religious creed, national origin, limited English proficiency, or political beliefs.
If you are a retailer trying to become authorized to accept SNAP benefits, follow these steps.
Medicaid is a joint state and federal health coverage program that provides free or low-cost medical benefits to eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, seniors, and people with disabilities.