Mississippi Department of Employment Security (DES) is accepting claims filed from March 8 to June 27, 2020. The program is retroactive so you can still claim unemployment benefits for unemployment you experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic prior to the day you file your claim. Under the CARES Act, workers who may not have qualified for unemployment insurance, including self-employed workers and part-time employees can receive Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits for up to 39 weeks, or until June 27, 2020. The also gives claimants an additional $600 each week in benefits.
To file for unemployment insurance benefits in Mississippi you will need to have worked on the state for the previous 18 months. Claimants will have to provide dates of employment and your employer's information, as well as your personal information, including a valid email address. The typical work search requirements have been waived. Additionally, all collections, claimant overpayment garnishes are suspended until June 27, 2020.
You are encouraged to file an unemployment insurance claim online with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security or use the Android or iOS app. Claimants can also download the easy-to-fill form and email it to the DES. If you prefer to file by phone, you can call the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
Follow the sections in order on the Unemployment Services page to file your claim. Online you can file a new claim or weekly certification, view benefit details and update personal information. You can also use the online system to file an appeal on your unemployment insurance claim and retrieve your 1099G tax form.
Due to the pandemic, Mississippi waived the required waiting period for new claims filed between March 8 to June 27, 2020.
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