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Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) FAQs

Last Updated: March 31, 2021

Please Note: these FAQs will be updated as necessary as we make systemic programming changes based on federal guidance. 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) has been extended with the enactment of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). ARPA benefits are available beginning with the week ending March 20, 2021 and payable through September 4, 2021. 

In general, PUA provides up to 79 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals not eligible for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits who have been adversely affected by COVID-19, including those who have exhausted all rights to such benefits.

Individuals covered under PUA include the self-employed (e.g. independent contractors, gig economy workers, and workers for certain religious entities individuals lacking sufficient work history, and those who otherwise do not qualify for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits.

If you believe you're eligible based on the information in the FAQs below, you can now File for PUA

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