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The previous record for jobless claims was just 695,000 in 1982.
On Friday, Congress and President Trump enacted a $2 trillion bill, which included relief for distressed companies, $1,200 checks to individuals, money for hospitals, financial assistance for small businesses and major expansion of unemployment benefits.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act will make it easier for people who have lost jobs because of the coronavirus to qualify for benefits, according to AARP.
The nonprofit also reported that workers who have been furloughed without pay will also be eligible for benefits.
However, some people who can apply for unemployment may not know what to do or who to contact.
Because unemployment benefits vary by state, AARP published a report Thursday listing all the contact information needed to apply for unemployment in all 50 states.
According to the nonprofit organization, most states require people to apply through the state labor department or an unemployment agency in the state where they worked and not necessarily where they live.
One tip to remember: know your employer’s address and the dates you worked there, AARP said.
To see how to apply for unemployment in your state, here are the websites to check and the phone numbers to call in all 50 states — as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands — according to AARP.
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New Castle County residents: 302-761-6576
Kent & Sussex County residents: 800-794-3032
Contact list of regional Department of Labor offices: https://dol.georgia.gov/locations
Contact list of regional claims and benefits offices: http://labor.hawaii.gov/ui/contact/
Contact list of regional Department of Labor offices: https://www.dol.ks.gov/contact-kdol
Contact list of regional career centers: https://kcc.ky.gov/Pages/Locations.aspx
Phone: 866-783-5567 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Refer to the following call-in schedule based on the last four digits of your Social Security Number (SSN):
SSN ending in 0000-2499: Monday
SSNs ending in 2500-4999: Tuesday
SSNs ending in 5000-7499: Wednesday
SSNs ending in 7500-9999: Thursday
Fridays are open to anyone needing assistance.
800-593-7660 TTY Maine Relay: 711
Contact list of regional claim centers: https://dbm.maryland.gov/employees/Pages/DisApplyforUnemploymentBenefits.aspx
Twin Cities area: 651-296-3644
Greater Minnesota: 877-898-9090
601-855-3133 or 888-844-3577
Jefferson City: 573-751-9040
Kansas City: 816-889-3101
St. Louis: 314-340-4950
TDD/TTY: 800-735-2966 Relay Missouri: 711
Contact list of regional centers: https://dol.nebraska.gov/Home/AboutUs
TDD: 800-833-7352 TTY 402-471-0016
Northern Nevada: 775-684-0350
Southern Nevada: 702-486-0350
Rural areas and out-of-state callers: 888-890-8211
Contact list of regional centers: https://www.nhes.nh.gov/locations/index.htm
North New Jersey: 201-601-4100
Central New Jersey: 732-761-2020
South New Jersey: 856-507-2340
Out-of-state claims: 888-795-6672 (you must call from a phone with an out-of-state area code)
New Jersey relay: 711
TTY/TDD: 800-662-1220; ask the operator to call the Telephone Claims Center at 888-783-1370.
877-644-6562 TTY: 614-387-8408
405-525-1500 (Oklahoma City calling area)
800-555-1554 (Outside the Oklahoma City calling area)
Phone: 800-237-3710 (in-state only)
Phone: 503-947-1394 (direct)
Videophone for American Sign Language: 717-704-8474
Out-of-state claims: 866-557-0001
TTY via RI relay 711
In-state claimants: 866-831-1724
Out-of-state claimants: 800-529-8339
Speech and hearing-impaired relay: 800-877-1113
U.S. Virgin Islands
St. Croix: 340-773-1440
All other islands: 340-776-3700
Contact list of regional centers: https://jobs.utah.gov/ui/jobseeker/contactus.html
877-214-3330 or 888-807-7072
414-435-7069 or toll-free 844-910-3661
Out of state: 866-729-7799