Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides unemployment benefits to individuals who became unemployed because of COVID-19 and are not eligible for regular benefits, including self-employed workers. The individual must be unemployed; PUA is not a wage replacement program for workers who are still working full time but have had earnings reduced. The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) - $600 increase - applies to pandemic unemployment assistance benefits, effective for weeks March 29-July 19, 2020.
The types of employment that PUA covers are:
Step 1: Apply for Unemployment Benefits
Step 2: Continue to submit your weekly certifications
Step 3: Submit Proof of 2019 Earnings
Gather your proof of income for 2019. Your wage history needs to be established with any of the following documents:
Submit your proof of income using one of the following methods:
If you upload to Claimant Portal, the file size limit is 5 MB. File types allowed are: pdf, xps, doc, docx, odf, xls, xlsx, csv, ods, jpg, png, tif, txt, rtf, qbv, qbf, qbb, qbw, qbm, qbx.
Step 4: Application Review
To be eligible for benefits under PUA, an individual:
To be eligible for PUA, an individual must be unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work due to one of the COVID-19 related reasons listed below:
An Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider
Brad Little, Governor
Jani Revier, Director