For a New Claim or to Reopen an Existing Claim
You do not need to do a work search at this time. Ignore instructions you may receive (online or in the mail) that say otherwise.
NOTE: The Department of Workforce Development submitted a grant application for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program on August 27, 2020. The grant was approved on September 1, 2020. DWD will update this site when additional information is available.
We are accepting Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) online applications from individuals unable to work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic who do NOT qualify for Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), e.g. self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history.
If you're out of work through no fault of your own, and you've worked for a covered employer (an employer who pays UI tax) in the last 18 months, you'll need to apply for regular UI benefits before you can begin filing a weekly claim.
Please make sure you have these documents ready to go to make your application quick and easy:
Hours of Operation: Online services are available at the following times to apply for Regular UI benefits:
|Sunday||12:00 PM - 5:00 PM|
|Monday – Friday||6:00 AM - 7:00 PM|
|Saturday||9:00 AM - 2:30 PM|