Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for those not otherwise eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance online application is now available on the Department of Workforce Development’s website. From the DWD website, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is defined as a new temporary federal program that provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who are not eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) such as:

  • Individuals who are self-employed.
  • Certain independent contractors.
  • Individuals with limited recent work history.
  • Other workers not covered by Regular UI.

To be eligible for PUA, your reason for no longer working must fall within one of the COVID-19 Scenarios.

Find additional information on PUA as well as the online application here.

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