There are a variety of benefit and aid programs to help you if you lose your job. CareerOneStop.org is a good place to start. It can help with unemployment insurance benefits, job training, and finding a job.
Am I eligible?Unemployment insurance programs pay you money if you lose your job through no fault of your own. You must meet your state’s eligibility requirements.How do I apply?Each state runs its own program. Select your state from this map to find out how to apply. You may be able to file online, by phone, or in person. Is there anything else I need to know?
Some states provide extended benefits when there’s high unemployment. Extended unemployment insurance benefits last for 13 weeks. You can apply for extended benefits only once you’ve run out of regular benefits. Check with your state; not everyone qualifies.
You must report unemployment benefits as income on your tax return.
Other Types of Benefits and Programs for the Unemployed
Educational HelpFederal agencies offer many unemployment education and training programs. They are generally free or low cost to the unemployed.Self-Employment HelpSelf-employment assistance programs help unemployed workers start their own small businesses. Delaware, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, and Oregon offer this program.