JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced that Mississippi workers, who are not able to work due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), will be eligible to file for unemployment benefits.
MDES is modifying existing unemployment compensation rules to allow workers to file a claim for unemployment benefits who are affected based upon these measures below:
- Those who are quarantined by a medical professional or a government agency
- Those who are laid off or sent home without pay for an extended period by their employers due to COVID-19 concerns
- Those who are diagnosed with COVID-19
- Those who are caring for an immediate family member who is diagnosed with COVID-19
To file an Unemployment Claim, visit the MDES website at www.mdes.ms.gov or call the MDES Contact Center at 1-888-844-3577.
A claim may be filed on-line at www.mdes.ms.gov twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week.
The Contact Center will be open this weekend, March 21 and 22 and available to take calls between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, the contact center hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week.