Unemployment FAQs

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null What is Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)?

PUA is a broad program that expands access to unemployment, in addition to what state and federal law already pay. This includes those who traditionally are not able to get unemployment such as:

  • Self-employed
  • Independent contractors
  • “Gig” workers such as Uber and Lyft drivers
  • Employees of religious organizations whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19;
  • Those who lack sufficient work history to file a claim or have been disqualified for state benefits but who are impacted directly by COVID-19.
  • Those who lack sufficient work history to file a claim or have been disqualified for state benefits but who are impacted directly by COVID-19.

The PUA program is only available to claimants who are otherwise ineligible for all other unemployment insurance programs, including state (regular UI) and federal programs, such as PEUC.