The U.S. Department of Labor's unemployment insurance programs provide unemployment benefits to eligible workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own and meet certain other eligibility requirements.

Am I Eligible? No fault unemployment In most states, you must have quit your last job owing to unemployment. Work and earn enough. You must meet your state's "base period" standards for wages or hours worked. In most states, this is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters.

– Meet any additional state requirements. Find details of your own state’s program.

How Do I Apply? – You should contact your state's unemployment insurance program as soon as possible after becoming unemployed.

Claim with the state where you worked. If you worked in a state other than where you now live or in numerous states, your state unemployment insurance office can tell you how to file your claim in other states.

– When you file a claim, you will be asked for certain information, such as addresses and dates of your former employment. To make sure your claim is not delayed, be sure to give complete and correct information.

– It generally takes two to three weeks after you file your claim to receive your first benefit check.

Federal law permits significant flexibility for states to amend their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits in multiple scenarios related to COVID-19