Unemployment Benefits and the Federal Stimulus
Who can apply and How to apply!
Anyone, including part-time workers, who lost their job is eligible. Period!
Under the Federal Stimulus Law, those filing unemployment claims can get $600 a week in addition to the NY State weekly benefit of $504.
So, a New York resident can total $1,104 a week in unemployment benefits, regardless of whether they were making $1,104 a week before the virus.
For example, if you were making $800 per week, you would be eligible for the maximum state unemployment benefit of $504 per week.
Under the new program, as a result of the Stimulus Law, you get an additional $600 of federal pandemic unemployment compensation.
Additionally, because of the Coronavirus, NYS has waived the previously required 7 day waiting period before filing for benefits.
You can file for benefits online or over the phone. To find out which day of the week you can apply, please go here: https://labor.ny.gov/ui/how_to_file_claim.shtm.
Once you know the day you can apply, you can create an online account to complete your filing online by going here: https://applications.labor.ny.gov/IndividualReg/
If you prefer to apply over the phone, you can call 888-209-8124