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Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance  (PUA) provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals not eligible for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits, including those who have exhausted all rights to such benefits.

PUA benefits are only for individuals who are unemployed due to COVID-19 reasons, it does not cover:

  • Individuals without an attachment to the labor market, or
  • Individuals who are unemployed for non-COVID-19 reasons.

Check out our infographic or watch our video that illustrates who is NOT eligible for PUA.

Infographic of individuals not eligible for PUA

Groups who should NOT File for PUA

  • Retired, with no job and no job offer
  • Individuals who were not working at all or did not have a job offer
  • Inmates
  • Children who were not working in actual employment
  • Being paid to file other people's PUA application. This is ILLEGAL; report these individuals to the authorities
  • College students with no job and no job offer
  • Individuals on Social Security Disability with no work attachment
  • Claimants who work as an employee and should file UC
  • Individuals living in a halfway house on lockdown
  • Landlords 
*Knowingly making false statements or omitting material facts to obtain PUA benefits to which you are not entitled will result in a disqualification and repayment of all overpaid PUA and corresponding FPUC benefits. You may also be subject to criminal prosecution. 

You should file for PUA if you are ineligible for regular UC because you have lost income due to COVID-19 and

  • are self-employed, or
  • are seeking part-time work, or
  • lack sufficient work history, or
  • have exhausted all rights to regular UC or extended benefits. 

Learn more about the PUA program.
Learn more about the PUA System.
Find answers to PUA FAQs and PUA system FAQs.
Learn more about the Federal CARES program.
Learn about PUA and unemployment scams and what to do if you're impacted.

Updates & News

Sept. 16, 2020 -PUA Payment Delay Notice:
If you normally receive a PUA payment on Tuesday or Wednesday, please be advised that we are experiencing payment delays due to exceptionally high volumes. You should receive your PUA payments within the next 2 days.

PUA Payment InformationImportant Information For PUA and PUA-related FPUC

PUA Weekly Certification Update
PUA claimants will notice a federally-required change in the weekly claim application for benefits, which was added to Pennsylvania’s PUA application on Friday, June 12. The U.S. Department of Labor requires individuals to certify for each week of PUA benefits claimed that they are unemployed for at least one of the COVID-19 reasons provided in Section 2102 of the CARES Act

If at any time you are no longer unemployed for one of the COVID-19-related reasons included in Section 2102 of the CARES Act, or your unemployment is due to reasons other than one of these specific pandemic-related reasons from Section 2102 of the CARES Act, then you are no longer eligible for PUA benefits. At that point, you should simply stop filing for weekly PUA benefits.

As an important reminder because individual situations may change over time, the reason(s) for unemployment which you initially provided is not required to match the reason(s) you remain unemployed.


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