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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on June 9, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Hawaii, we recommend that you visit Resilient Hawaii or KITV's Coronavirus Tracker.

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Description of Program and Relief

Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Unemployed workers affected by COVID-19 may be eligible for benefits under already-existing Hawaii unemployment insurance, which provides temporary income for workers who are totally or partially unemployed through no fault of their own and who are available to work and actively seeking employment. Workers must ordinarily be unemployed for at least 7 days before filing a claim, but the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations is waiving this waiting period for claims related to COVID-19.

Government or Lead Agency

Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

Dates Available

Effective immediately

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

Eligibility requirements can be found here. Basic eligibility requirements include being fully or partially unemployed, through no fault of your own; being physically and mentally able and available to work; registering with the State Workforce Development Division here; posting an online resume on HireNet Hawaii; and actively seeking work by making 3 or more work search contacts each week.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)


Contact for More Information

Contact information for DLIR’s Unemployment Insurance Division is available here.

List of Additional Information

For additional information or to apply, please click here.

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