Can I get unemployment insurance if I lost my job as a result of COVID-19?

If you lost your job as a result of COVID-19, you are likely eligible for unemployment benefits.  Please refer to the unemployment insurance page for more information. 


I am a gig worker

If you are a gig worker and have reduced hours or lost work on account of the economic crisis, you will be eligible to receive unemployment benefits under recently passed legislation.

Congress is also providing pay protection through forgivable Small Business Administration loans to support Americans who are gig workers.


I’m an employee who needs support

America’s workers are bearing the brunt of this crisis.  Congress is acting to ensure American workers are supported during this unprecedented time by providing measures and assistance to help your employer to keep you on payroll.  Pennsylvania also has several programs that can help, including work share, which allows the state unemployment system to cover part of your wages while you have reduced hours at your place of employment.

These congressional measures have established robust protections for workers, including ensuring that all businesses with federal loans must follow collective bargaining agreements.  It also restricts any increases to executive compensation throughout the duration of this crisis, prioritizing workers and their families.

Last Updated: April 1, 2020