You have just added a very important factor. You are not a salaried employee who gets a W-2 for your tax returns. You are an independent contractor who gets a 1099. What I just said has nothing to do with the side business. Your being an independent contractor where the company that used you has no more money for you......doesn't mean you were "laid off". Laid off applies to a W-2 employee of a company that is perhaps downsizing. You can't even fill out a claim for UI benefits under your circumstances.
Your only option is to continue to operate your side business and look for a W-2 job and/or another independent contractor job for which you will receive a 1099.
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