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. On Dec. 27, 2020, the stimulus bill renewed PUA, that was originally set to expire Dec. 26, 2020. Click here for CARES Act Extension FAQs.
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 or 2020 (if available). 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 PUA, an individual must be unemployed or unable or unavailable to work due to COVID-19. The individual must meet one of the conditions listed below:
An Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider
Brad Little, Governor
Jani Revier, Director