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You may be eligible for traditional unemployment assistance and a new form of unemployment benefits created by New York State specifically for the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is for those who would not normally qualify for unemployment benefits. That includes some categories of individuals who were self-employed, contractors, who quit work around the time of the coronavirus pandemic to provide care for family members, and those who were looking for work when the pandemic happened. Find out more and apply for assistance.
  • NYS Unemployment Insurance – After an outcry over inaccessible phone lines, long waits, and processing delays, New York State released a new website for submitting unemployment claims online in May.