Making ends meet after losing a job can be a difficult experience. That’s why the Commonwealth provides unemployment aid to eligible residents who have been laid-off through no fault of their own and are actively looking for work.
The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) offers many programs to help residents get back on their feet during a period of unemployment:
Unemployment Insurance (UI)
The DUA provides temporary income assistance to Massachusetts workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own and who are able to work, available for work, and looking for a job. Recently laid-off residents can log-in to UI Online to apply for and subsequently request weekly unemployment benefits. Additionally, UI Online allows users to check the status of their claim, verify the most recent payment, set up direct deposit, and more.
Job Search Services
One Stop Career Centers are located throughout the state to provide employment-related services for job seekers and businesses alike. Services for job seekers include: career counseling, job search assistance and access to online listings, workshops, networking groups, specialized services for veterans, dislocated workers, disabled workers, and other special groups. Assistance available to employers include: job posting access, applicant pre-screening, targeted mailings, help planning job fairs, labor market information, and more.
Rapid Response Services
The Rapid Response outplacement program accommodates major layoffs and plant closings by quickly coordinating services and providing immediate aid to affected companies and their workers. Workers who are expecting a layoff or plant closing can contact the Commonwealth’s Rapid Response Team for more information.
Financial Assistance Programs
The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) provides eligible low-income and at-risk families with financial assistance to pay for early care and education as well as after-school programs. In addition to meeting the income criteria, all parents/guardians must also meet an activity requirement. Families can explore early education and care program options as well as search for local early education and care program providers.
If benefits may end soon and residents are in need of health coverage, the state may be able to offer temporary health insurance options. MAHealthConnector.org provides information about low or no-cost health insurance options. Residents that meet certain eligibility requirements may also apply for MassHealth’s broad range of health care services.
Women, Infants and Children
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program provides nutrition information, healthy food, breastfeeding support, and other services free of charge to Massachusetts families who qualify. To apply and be eligible for the program, applicants must live in the Commonwealth; have a nutritional need (determined by WIC staff); be a child under 5, a new mom, or a pregnant or breastfeeding woman; and have a family income less than WIC guidelines.
Other programs and services available to recently laid-off workers in need of assistance include food stamps, energy assistance, and housing programs for Massachusetts residents who qualify.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts offers a wide variety of programs and services to help unemployed residents make ends meet. From child care to nutritional services, state agencies and secretariats are committed to helping those in need while searching for employment.
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