Important Unemployment Information

Whether you are an employer or an employee, find the unemployment information you need at MASS.GOV

File for benefits online
Find a step-by-step guide to filing a new unemployment claim here
Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Virtual Town Halls here

UPDATE:  The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program is now accepting applications; this program provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who are unable to work because of a COVID-19 related reason, but are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits. This includes the self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history, and others. Individuals can review eligibility scenarios here and apply for PUA here.


FFRCA Employee Guide (English)
FFRCA Employee Guide (Spanish)

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and the Department of Unemployment Assistance are coordinating with the U.S. Department of Labor to assist workers and employers that are impacted by COVID-19.  The latest information, including frequently asked questions, can be found on the Mass.gov resource page

Looking for a local resource?  The MassHire Merrimack Valley Career Centers are a click away.  

Additional Resources:

Massachusetts Jobs With Justice is a coalition of community, faith, and labor groups in Massachusetts organizing working people and allies to fight for the rights of all workers: locally, nationally, and internationally. The website features information on how to apply for unemployment,  and other resources to help community members advocate for those experiencing financial hardship.

 Massachusetts Workers Emergency Relief Funds have been compiled by Massachusetts Jobs with Justice for workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Workers should apply for these funds regardless of immigration status.