Because of the Covid-19 emergency, many people are out of work and looking for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. Many of the rules have changed because of this emergency. You may be able to get Unemployment faster and more easily than before. See Covid-19 and Unemployment Insurance.
If you lose your job, you may be able to get Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. These benefits help you keep up with paying your bills while you look for a new job. Unemployment benefits can also provide health insurance and job training, while you look for a new job. The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) runs the program.
You may be able to collect unemployment benefits if you were laid off from your job. In some situations, you might also be able to collect benefits even if you were fired or if you quit. You might be able to get unemployment benefits even if you only worked part-time.
- employees of churches and some religious organizations;
- independent consultants or independent contractors (people who not work under the direction and control of an employer
- some work-study students and student nurses;
- real estate agents or brokers who work only for commissions;
- insurance agents who work only for commissions;
- elected officials and policy advisors.