Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

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.

  • PUA benefits are available for weeks of unemployment beginning February 2, 2020 through the week ending December 26, 2020. 
  • PUA provides a benefit ranging from $117 to $240 per week, for up to 39 weeks. 
  • Individuals receiving PUA benefits will also receive an additional $600 weekly in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefits between the weeks of March 29, 2020 and July 25, 2020.

-Register to Create Your account here:

-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.

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