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Information about Unemployment Benefits

This is an ongoing post that will be regularly updated. Last updated: January 19, 2021

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: The latest updates 

Governor Cuomo Announces Proposal to Boost Partial Unemployment Benefits as Part of the 2021 State of the State. New Plan Will Ensure Unemployed New Yorkers Who Accept Part-Time Work Are Not Penalized While Providing Flexibility as Businesses Build Back Better 
Partial Unemployment Benefits Will Now Be Based on Actual Hours Worked, Rather Than Days Worked.


The federal government has extended the federal unemployment benefit programs available through the CARES Act for an additional 11 weeks. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) will be available through March 14, 2021, with qualified claimants’ benefits fully phasing out by April 5, 2021. Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefits will resume with $300 weekly payments until March 14, 2021.

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

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.