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How To File For Unemployment Assistance

Unfortunately, with the Covid-19 pandemic, there has come a lot of economic hardship. The closing down of many places due to social isolation and quarantine measures has exacerbated many pre-existing economic issues while only exacerbating existing ones. If you have lost your job or have been laid off due to various circumstances, be it Covid-19 related or not, there are options out there for you for achieving some degree of financial security from your government. The following article will explore options for people living in the United States and Canada.


If you have reliable internet access, Unemployment Assistance resources are easily accessible in most jurisdictions across North America. In the United States, the vast majority of unemployment assistance programmes are offered and maintained by state governments, with different situations for Federal workers depending upon a variety of factors. Within Canada, there are programmes both at the federal and provincial levels. On top of these, your former employer may also offer various services and resources to aid workers it has been forced to lay off. As a general rule of thumb, whenever in doubt or if you have no reliable internet access, contact your local and state/provincial governments by phone at the necessary department or even the office of your congressional representative/member of parliament if you are unsure of what resources you should explore directly as a citizen in need. These services are for folks just like you in your situation, and it is paramount that you are equipped with the best information straight from the source. Also, take note though that many programmes are highly dependent upon your personal circumstances to determine eligibility. With just a few short clicks, you should be able to access your government’s resources dedicated to unemployed persons. Also, be sure to carefully read any and all postings by your government about their economic response to the effects of the ongoing pandemic and consider how it may impact your situation personally.

Filing Tips

Depending upon your jurisdiction, be prepared to have your financial documents, proof of residency, and similar documents ready if need be. Most jurisdictions include lists of required documents as part of your filing process for unemployment assistance and similar programmes. The more organized your files are, generally, the faster the process can be. On top of this, it is crucial to begin the filing process as soon as you can if you are absolutely certain that finding reliable employment is not readily possible. Some jurisdictions may favour emergency labour allocation on top of or in lieu of direct financial aid. These kinds of programmes can land you work but in a manner that is not as consistent as what is provided by a normal job or through regular unemployment assistance. Because of this and several other factors, it is always a crucial move to begin reining in a tighter grip on your spending and finances if you have not already pre-unemployment. Another rule of thumb is to plan for any and all possible eventualities. Some Direct Resources If you are in need of unemployment assistance, we wish you the best of luck and hope that these tips and resources help point you in the right direction if you were unsure of where to begin.

United States

For starting a filing process: https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/unemployment-insurance To search by State: https://www.careeronestop.org/LocalHelp/UnemploymentBenefits/find-unemployment-benefits.aspx Further Information: https://www.usa.gov/unemployment Canada Available at the federal level for various circumstances: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei.html Further information: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/ei/ei-list/reports/monitoring2015/chapter2-unemployment-help.html https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/ei.html