Unemployment Information and Resources


Businesses and nonprofits are experiencing an unprecedented time of uncertainty. There are resources you may want to consider before laying off employees including Rapid Response, WorkShare and the Paycheck Protection Protection Program (PPP). If you have specific questions for the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance please direct them to uiemployerhelp@detma.org.


The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is processing a historic number of claims. If you have been laid off, we recommend signing up for a DUA Virtual Town Hall for FAQs and to hear questions answered in real-time.

Traditional Unemployment

1099 Contractors, Self-Employed, Gig Workers, etc.


  • We also recommend you reach out to the MassHire Lowell Career Center. They have a number of resources available to help you during this trying time including webinars and a list of local area job openings.
  • The Tewksbury Job Seekers Networking Group meets every Monday at 2pm via Zoom. This is for anyone who is unemployed, underemployed or changing careers. To receive a zoom invite, email facilitator Robery Hayes at rhayes@tewksburypl.org.
  • Is the $600 Federal Unemployment money taxable? Yes, for those eligible for FPUC, the $600 payment is considered taxable income. States must include the FPUC payments when preparing Form 1099-Gs and must withhold taxes from an individual’s weekly benefit amount and the $600 payment when an individual elects to have taxes withheld.

Government Relief for Businesses, Individuals and Families


Coronavirus Stimulus


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