CORONAVIRUS: Unemployment Assistance

The CARES Act provides an additional 13 weeks of unemployment assistance benefits through December 31, 2020 for individuals who traditionally qualify for their state’s unemployment benefits. Benefit recipients will also be eligible for supplemental assistance (an additional $600 per week) through July 31, 2020.

The CARES Act also created a new program, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, that provides unemployment benefits to individuals who do not typically qualify for unemployment benefits (e.g. self-employed, gig, and part-time workers). These individuals are eligible for a maximum of 39 weeks of unemployment assistance through December 31, 2020, and will also be eligible for supplemental assistance (an additional $600 per week) through July 31, 2020. Massachusetts residents can now apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance here.

Massachusetts residents can learn more about unemployment assistance here. 


We will update this page as further programmatic details are available from federal agencies and to reflect the most current information about state and federal resources.