Can I get unemployment if I’m self-employed?

Jaythan asked 1 month ago
1 Answer
Jean Staff replied 1 month ago
Hi Jaythan,

According to the Department of Labor website, the CARES Act gives states the option of extending unemployment compensation to independent contractors and other workers who are ordinarily ineligible for unemployment benefits.

You can look for your state’s unemployment insurance office information here to learn more about the availability of these benefits where you live: https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus/unemployment-insurance

We also have this guide to understanding Self-Employed PUA (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance) Benefits: https://www.zenefits.com/workest/how-self-employed-people-can-access-unemployment-benefits/