(CNN) – Lost your job? You’re far from alone.
But the system has undergone unprecedented changes over the past month amid the outbreak.
Here’s what you need to know about applying for benefits:
The rules vary by state, but typically workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own and have a minimum level of prior earnings from recent employment are eligible.
Until the pandemic, the jobless also had to be ready to take new positions immediately and be actively seeking work -- but state can now waive those requirements since hundreds of millions of Americans are staying home, and most states have closed nonessential businesses.