On March 20, Governor Ducey issued an Executive Order, which was followed by the signing of the legislation, ensuring those who are impacted by COVID-19 have access to unemployment resources. Details of order:

  • Waived the one-week waiting period after an employee loses a job before they apply for unemployment benefits.
  • Temporarily suspended work search requirements for those receiving unemployment benefits.

The order also expanded who is eligible to receive unemployment benefits to include:

  • Individuals whose employers have permanently or temporarily ceased or drastically reduced operations due to COVID-19 resulting in a reduction of wages.
  • Individuals who, due to requirements that the individual be quarantined, are separated from employment and do not have any available paid leave even if the individual has an expectation of returning to work after the quarantine is over.
  • Individuals who leave employment due to a risk of exposure or infection and are a member of a population that is particularly susceptible to COVID-19.
  • Individuals who leave employment to care for a family member who has been infected with COVID-19.
  • Individuals who for any other scenario are separated from work for reasons related to COVID-19.

To view Governor Ducey’s latest communication on unemployment benefits, click here

For the Arizona Department of Economic Security COVID-19 Services website, click here
For general information about the unemployment insurance program, click here
For a step-by-step guide on the application process and what information is required, click here
For a FAQ fact sheet on unemployment insurance benefits during the COVID-19 crisis, click here
To file an unemployment insurance claim online, click here
To file a claim by phone, click here