Unemployment experts help debunk myths and clear up confusion in an article from Refinery29: Who’s Eligible For Unemployment? Unemployment insurance is just based on what you did in the prior week, and why. So in the prior week, if you didn't work, and that was because of something out of your control, you're eligible for unemployment benefits
You Could Be Misclassified Usually, if you’re classified as an independent contractor — a self-employed graphic designer, for example — you’re not eligible for unemployment benefits. But some people have an employer and yet are still classified as independent contractors. Depending on the state, the law can override this and say that you’ve been misclassified.
Partial Unemployment Or Reduced Hours If you’re not officially laid off yet but suspect you will be in the coming days or weeks, can you start the process now? Unfortunately, no. “You have to wait until it's clear that you don't have a job
How Much Unemployment Can You Receive? To the surprise of absolutely no one, the amount you can receive weekly varies greatly by state
How Long Can You Receive Unemployment? Most states pay 26 weeks of unemployment benefits.
Remember that unemployment qualifications differ by state so check your local government sites for more information
See full article with ever more details here: https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/03/9582336/file-for-unemployment-benefits-during-coronavirus