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Information about Unemployment Benefits

This is an ongoing post that will be regularly updated. Last updated: August 11, 2020 

Updates from the NYS Department of Labor

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: The latest updates 

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and Extended Benefits (EB) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)

A reminder from the NYS Department of Labor (May 7, 2020) — Claimants with completed unemployment applications are stuck in what some have called “pending purgatory” because they’re not going back to the department’s website to certify their benefits each week. 

After you file your claim for Unemployment Insurance benefits, you must take further action. For each week that you are unemployed and looking for work, you must claim benefits by answering a series of questions.

To claim your benefits, visit your account at labor.ny.gov/signin and enter your login information. Go to your Unemployment Services page, and click “Claim Weekly Benefits.” 

.Here is a link to a guide to help you claim weekly benefits: Guide for claiming weekly unemployment benefits.

Albany, NY (April 9, 2020) — Facing Unprecedented Spike in COVID-19 Related Unemployment Insurance Applications, NYS Department Of Labor Announces Partnerships To Boost Tech Capacity and Make It Easier for New Yorkers To File.  More information can be found here.   


Millions are facing unemployment due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In March, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law. This $2 trillion law provides funding for states, which are responsible for providing unemployment insurance (UI), to significantly expand eligibility and benefits. The broad outlines include:

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance: freelancers and gig workers are now eligible for UI benefits (e.g., self-employed workers, independent contractors).
  • Pandemic Unemployment Compensation: An extra $600 per week, on top of regular benefits, to UI recipients.
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation: An additional 13 weeks of UI benefits, for a total of 39 weeks of coverage.
Official New York State Department of Labor links:

In New York State, The New York State Department of Labor is responsible for issuing UI. 

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