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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 August 31, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Montana, we recommend that you visit the Governor's Coronavirus Task Force website.

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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 Montana unemployment insurance, which provides temporary income for workers who are unemployed. Emergency rules that went into effect on March 17, 2020 provide that claimants who miss work as a result of COVID19 are eligible for benefits, as are claimants who need to quarantine or take care of a family member due to COVID-19. The emergency rules also permit waiver of the one-week waiting period typically required before receiving benefits.

Government or Lead Agency

Montana Department of Labor & Industry

Dates Available

Effective March 17, 2020

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

General eligibility requirements can be found here and the emergency rule requirements can be found here. Basic eligibility requirements include having earned at least a minimum amount in wages before being unemployed; being fully or partially unemployed, through no fault of your own; being able and available to work; and actively seeking employment.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)


Contact for More Information

To contact the Unemployment Insurance Division, call (406) 444-2545 weekdays between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

List of Additional Information

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