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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 April 26, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Mississippi, we recommend that you visit Mississippi Today

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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 Mississippi unemployment insurance, which provides temporary income for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own and who are either looking for new jobs or awaiting recall to employment. Individuals who are temporarily away from their jobs because they are quarantined by order of a medical professional or health authority as a result of contracting COVID-19 may also qualify if all other eligibility requirements are met and they intend to return to their job.

Government or Lead Agency

Mississippi Department of Employment Security

Dates Available

Effective immediately

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

Eligibility requirements can be found at

Basic eligibility requirements include being fully or partially unemployed, through no fault of one’s own; being physically able and available to work full-time; having qualifying base period wages; and being actively seeking work by making reasonable efforts to find employment each week.

Now, in light of COVID-19, people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who have been quarantined by a medical professional or government agency due to coronavirus are among those who can now file for benefits. Also included are people who were laid off or sent home without pay for an extended period by their employers. People who are caring for a family member who has been diagnosed with the virus are also included.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)


Contact for More Information

Please call (888) 844-3577 or submit a request for assistance at

List of Additional Information

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For COVID-19 specific information, please visit: .

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