Tens of thousands of workers who have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic are now eligible for newly expanded unemployment insurance benefits, including an extra $600 a week that has been added to existing benefits. And those existing benefits have been extended. In addition, more workers are now eligible for these new jobless benefits, including part-time employees, gig workers those who are self-employed, freelancers and independent contractors. What does that mean to you, and how much money will you get? Other than the extra $600 weekly payment, which is scheduled to last through the end of July, it depends on which state you live in, since states can set their own guidelines. One common change across states, however, is that the normal 26-week maximum for regular benefits has been extended for up to an additional 13 weeks. So, how do you apply for jobless benefits and when should you do it? Begin by applying online through the state where you work. To find the application, either do an online search by entering your state's name along with the word 'unemployment', or visit careeronestop.org, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. When you find your state's application site, be sure to read its requirements and follow them closely so your benefits won't be delayed. You should apply as soon as you are no longer working so your application can be processed as quickly as possible, but be aware that states already are struggling to keep up with requests as more and more people seek benefits. To avoid unnecessary delay, you should have the benefit money deposited directly into your financial account, or if you elect to get a check mailed be sure to use mobile deposit through your financial institution's mobile banking app. Some of the most important things to have on hand when you file include: - Your Social Security number. - Your mailing address. - Your driver's license or state-issued ID. - The name, address and phone number of your employer. - Your work start and end dates. Don't delay. These expanded unemployment benefits can be a lifeline to help you get through this economic crunch.