Apply for COVID-19 Unemployment Insurance

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If you lost your job or had your work hours significantly reduced with a DC-based employer because of COVID-19, you can apply for unemployment insurance. You are eligible to apply if: you received a layoff notice from your DC-based employer; you received a significant reduction of work hours from your DC-based employer; or you are in quarantine as a result of COVID-19, which has led to a temporary separation from work. 

You can apply online now by visiting dcnetworks.org and click on “Claim Unemployment Benefits” at the top. It is best to apply from a computer rather than a smartphone. Internet Explorer is said to be the best navigation program. You can also call 202-724-7000 for further assistance.