COVID-19 UNEMPLOYMENT INFORMATION
Filing for unemployment insurance?
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a unique, difficult, and unprecedented situation. I know this is the first time many of you may need to apply for these benefits, and we are here to help. If you are impacted by job loss during this time, you can file an unemployment claim 24/7 here.
How to file for unemployment:
Our top priority is getting you the unemployment benefits you need to get by as quickly as possible. About 600,000 unemployment claims have been processed over the last month, with 200,000 outstanding. The Governor has also announced plans to give New Yorkers on unemployment the federal stimulus pay of $600 starting in early April and to extend benefits an additional 13 weeks to 39 weeks.
The website crash and call backlog is the result of a volume issue the likes of which the state has never seen. But as of April 9, New York has 1,000 people who are now working on just personnel for that incoming system. Up from about 100 people.
The website has now relaunched with a more streamlined application. The new application has fewer questions and instead of having an applicant call, a state rep will call you within 72 hours to clear up any questions.
The best way to file a new claim for unemployment insurance is through their improved online filing system. File a new claim here. This is only for new claims. Be sure not to leave anything blank in your application – that will cause a delay.
If you already have a claim, go to labor.ny.gov/signin to make weekly certifications or to view your claim information.
New Yorkers who have already filed partial claims under the old UI system and were told to call the call center to finish their application should NOT - instead, the DOL call center will call these New Yorkers directly.