Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is a federal program that provides payment to workers not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, workers with
limited work history, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency.
-Register to Create Your account here: https://des.az.gov/pua
-File your Initial Claim
-Every Sunday Submit Your Weekly Claim
A user guide is available to help individuals who are applying for PUA navigate the new PUA portal. The guide can be found at
Please note that individuals eligible for regular unemployment benefits should not apply for PUA.