General Unemployment

If your work is affected by COVID-19 you can registered to receive Unemployment Benefits.

Simply visit:

If you need help applying for these benefits, claims representatives are avaialble 8am to 4pm on weekdays at 1-866-831-1724.

Within a week after applying you will receive a Monetary Determinatino by mail oulting your potential weekly and maximum benefit amounts.  You should receive a final eligibility decision by mail within 21 days of receiving the Monetary Determination.  If you are deemed eligible, you will not be paid for the first week of eligibility in each benefit year (the "waiting week").

We understand the State is currently working overtime to process applications, and attempt to speed up the process.

Emergency Grant Assistance for Bartenders available.  

In order to qualify for grant assistance from the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program, the recipient must satisfy all of the following requirements:


  1. Be a Bartender or the spouse or child of a Bartender. The Bartender Emergency Assistance Program defines a “Bartender” as an individual employed in serving beverages or otherwise engaged in the production, promotion or distribution of alcoholic beverages. An individual is considered “employed” as a Bartender if, for not less than one year prior to the application, the individual performed services as a Bartender on a regular full- or part-time basis or, if the catastrophic event or emergency hardship giving rise to the application prevents the individual from performing such services, for not less than one year prior to the event or hardship the individual performed services as a Bartender on a regular full- or part-time basis.

   2. Experience a catastrophic event or emergency hardship that is:

  • Identifiable and described in detail in the application;

  • Damaging to the person or property (e.g., loss of life, health, or property);

  • Sudden and precipitous rather than gradual or progressive;

  • Unexpected, unanticipated, unforeseen, unintended, or unplanned; and

  • Unusual and not normally occurring in the ordinary course of day-to-day living.


   3. Lack the necessities of life, including financial, physical, mental, or emotional well being as a result of the catastrophic event or emergency                hardship. 


   4.  Provide tangible documentation of the catastrophic event or emergency hardship.

If you qualify click the title above "Bartender Emergency Assistance Program" to apply.

NOTE: These are not our programs, we are simply providing the information as a public service.  We have no control over the speed of approvals or the process.

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