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If you recently lost your job, you may qualify for unemployment and support.

Due to the Covid-19 crisis, there are several types of unemployment benefits that you may qualify for if you have lost your job.

Traditional Unemployment Insurance is the most common unemployment benefit for people who worked for an employer and earned at least $5100 in the past year.

You may qualify for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) if your work does not provide unemployment benefits (such as hourly hospitality, gig employment, self-employment) and you are unable to work for Covid-19 related reasons.

Click here to find out more and to start an application.

Please contact Amanda, Jenn, or Kristen at The Literacy Center if you have lost your job or need assistance filing an unemployment claim: (508) 455-5382

Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave

People who work in Massachusetts are eligible for temporary paid leave through the State of Massachusetts when they:

  • welcome a new child into their family

  • are struck by a serious illness or injury

  • need to take care of an sick relative, and

  • for certain military considerations.

This program applies to full-time, part-time, and some contract employees of businesses in Massachusetts. Most employees will be eligible for up to 26 weeks of benefits in one year.

Click here for a summary of the program, or visit for more detailed information.

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