If your employer has reduced your hours, shut down operations due to COVID-19, or you are otherwise unemployed, you may be eligible for unemployment assistance. If you are not eligible for typical unemployment assistance, you may qualify for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

We’ve built a database of state agency websites below. 

The government is currently issuing stimulus payments (Economic Impact Payments). To find out if you qualify and the status of your payment, click here

Please note that all unemployment benefits can be accessed by applying on your state’s unemployment department website. These websites provide their own FAQs and detailed instructions on how to file for unemployment. All questions will need to be answered by the state’s unemployment office. These offices are currently updating their materials to account for new COVID-19 emergency unemployment benefits. You can also contact your local American Job Center for additional assistance with filling out the application.

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A Conversation with U.S. Representative Judy Chu (D-CA)

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Join SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris and the President’s Task Force on Education, Outreach & Engagement for a conversation with U.S. Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) about legislative efforts to support SAG-AFTRA members, including the Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act, extending unemployment benefits, updating the Qualified Performing Artist deduction in our tax code, COBRA subsidies and more.

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Unemployment Assistance FAQs
Unemployment Insurance Guide for Creative Professionals
COVID-19 Small Business Loans
Unemployment Provisions in the CARES Act
CARES Act Overview of Benefits
CARES Act Direct Payment Summary
CARES Act Benefit for Songwriters & Composers


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