Employees in Arizona who have had their hours reduced, forced to take unpaid leave, or were laid off because of COVID19 may file a claim for Unemployment Insurance benefits with the Arizona Department of Economic Security (“DES”). To apply for and be approved for Unemployment Insurance benefits within the state of Arizona, individuals must meet existing requirements related to work history, earnings and an immigration status that allows them to work. However, please note, if you are not eligible in Arizona or have exhausted your benefits you maybe eligible for another form of unemployment compensation extended by the federal government, known as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, explained below.
In Arizona, workers are eligible for up to $240 a week in unemployment benefits. However, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), which includes additional types of unemployment coverage. The additional types of coverage are:
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) – provides emergency assistance to workers who are left out of regular state UI or have exhausted their state UI benefits. Up to 39 weeks of PUA are available to workers who are immediately eligible to receive PUA. On December 27, 2020, the president signed into law the Continuing Assistance Act (CAA) which extends Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) until March 14, 2021.
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
Provides an additional 13 week of UI benefits, which will become available after someone exhausts their regular state UI benefits. To receive these benefits a worker must be actively engaged in work; however, exception apply for those who are unable to work due to coronavirus (such as those sick, quarantined, or subject to movement restrictions). PEUC expires March 14th, 2021.
Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) *EXPIRED* – From March 25, 2020 until July 31, 2020, Pandemic Unemployment claimants will receive their monthly benefit plus an additional $600 per week in compensation. PUC is a flat amount to those receiving unemployment benefit check. PUC may be paid with your regular unemployment benefit or separate; however, must be paid weekly.
Employees who must be quarantined, unable to work, and do not have available paid leave may apply for and be approved for Unemployment Benefits even if the employee plans to return back to work after the quarantine is over. To apply for and be approved for Unemployment Insurance benefits, individuals must meet existing requirements related to work history, earnings and an immigration status that allows them to work.
Employees who must leave work to take care of a family member infected with COVID-19 may apply for and be approved for Unemployment Insurance benefits. To apply for and be approved for Unemployment Insurance benefits, individuals must meet existing requirements related to work history, earnings and an immigration status that allows them to work.
Employees that must leave work due to a risk of exposure or infection may apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits. To apply for and be approved for Unemployment Insurance benefits, individuals must meet existing requirements related to work history, earnings and an immigration status that allows them to work.
On March 20th, 2020 Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-11 related to access to Unemployment Insurance benefits for Arizonans. The Executive Order states that:
“Individuals that for any other scenario are separated from work for reasons related to COVID-19, if the Arizona Department of Economic Security determines that such a scenario is consistent with the guidance issued by the United States Department of Labor for Unemployment Compensation for Individuals Affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019” may apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits. This means that Arizona Department of Economic Security may make the decision if it meets specific federal guidelines. To apply for and be approved for Unemployment Insurance benefits, individuals must meet existing requirements related to work history, earnings and an immigration status that allows them to work.
To apply for Unemployment Benefits in Arizona, visit the Arizona Department of Economic Security’s website at: https://des.az.gov/services/employment/unemployment-individual.
Before you apply, make sure to have available:
- Your Social Security Number
- AZ Driver's License or AZ State Issued ID (Note: you may still complete your application without these two items)
- Your mailing address, city, state and ZIP code
- If you live in Arizona, know the county where you reside
- The names, addresses, and phone numbers of all your employers for the last 18 months
- The last day you worked immediately prior to filing your Unemployment Insurance claim
- If you received severance, vacation, holiday or payment for unused sick pay: give the amount (before deductions) and the date it was paid to you
- The name and local number of your union hall, if applicable
- Alien Registration Number, if applicable
- Copy # 4 of your DD Form 214 if released from the military in the last 18 months*
- SF 8 or SF 50 if employed in Federal Civilian service in the last 18 months *
- If you are collecting a pension (other than Social Security), you will need the start date of the pension and the monthly benefit amount
The Initial Claims Online Application is available from 12:00 a.m. Sunday to 6:00 p.m. Friday each week. Applications are also accepted by telephone Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by calling 1 (877) 600-2722.
Apply for Unemployment Benefits as soon as possible after the last day of work or as soon as hours have been reduced. If you are still actively working without reduced hours, you will need to wait until after your last day of work to complete your application for Unemployment Benefits.
On March 20th, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued Executive Order EO2020-11 to increase access to unemployment benefits. Unemployment Benefits are applied retroactively to hardships experienced after March 11th, 2020. Included in the Executive Order is the requirement that the Department of Economic Security shall waive requirements for Unemployment Insurance benefit applicants:
- Waiting period to apply
- Able and available to work, actively seeking work, and daily job contacts
Yes. Whether you’ve applied for Unemployment Insurance benefits and are still waiting to hear back from DES or you’re already receiving Unemployment Insurance benefits, you must file a claim every week.
Beginning the Sunday after you’ve filed your first application for Unemployment Insurance benefits, you must a file a claim every week before 6:00pm the following Friday. Weekly claims may be filed on line here: https://des.az.gov/services/employment/unemployment-individual/file-your-weekly-ui-claims
All weekly claims for benefits are for a calendar week, beginning on Sunday and ending on Saturday. If a person does not file a weekly claim, DES may assume that they no longer qualify for or need Unemployment Insurance benefits.
For more information about weekly claims, please visit the DES website: https://des.az.gov/services/employment/unemployment-individual/weekly-unemployment-insurance-claims-QAs