New York Department of Labor

At the moment in New York State, Disaster Unemployment Assistance is not available at this timeThis page will be updated when there’s a change.  Disaster Unemployment Assistance is the UI alternative which will assist self-employed ‘gig economy’ New Yorkers.


To Qualify for Unemployment Insurance Benefits:

You must have worked and been paid wages for work in at least two calendar quarters in your base period,
For claims filed in 2019, you must have been paid at least $2,400 in wages in one of the calendar quarters (this amount increases to $2,600 for claims filed in 2020) in your base period,
The total wages paid to you in your base period must be one and one-half times your high quarter wages.

We use no more than $11,088 of your high quarter earnings to determine if you qualify. You must have earned at least half that amount ($5,544) in the other base period quarters.


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