Unemployment FAQs

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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.

This benefit ended September 4, 2021.