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For the first time ever, Uber drivers and other gig workers would qualify for unemployment insurance as part of the Senate’s $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill

  • The Senate’s $2 trillion coronavirus economic bailout bill includes help for gig economy workers, like Uber and Lyft drivers, who have seen their livelihoods dissolve during the crises.
  • For the first time, these workers will qualify for unemployment insurance.
  • They will also qualify for the additional four months of extra payments that this bill provides to everyone who collects unemployment.
  • It isn’t clear exactly how much money per month drivers, contract workers, and freelancers could get, but they should qualify for a weekly payment equivalent to if they were laid-off full-time employee.
  • The maximum weekly amount varies by state, but the extra unemployment insurance will add up to a maximum of $600 more per week.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The email Business Insider received from an Uber driver was heartbreaking. St. Patrick’s day was normally a hugely busy day for her. But this year, with the bars in her state shuttered, events banned, and a quiet airport, no one was out.

“I sat for nine hours at the airport and only managed three passengers,” she told Business Insider.

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