Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) was created for workers who were not eligible for regular Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation (UC) and lost work due to COVID-19 between January 2020 and September 2021. 

If you stopped working due to the pandemic after September 4, 2021, you cannot apply or file for PUA. 

However, if you applied for PUA before September 4, 2021 this cutoff does NOT affect your right or ability to claim any prior week during the pandemic. 

If you are waiting for the Department to determine your eligibility for earlier weeks, this cutoff will not affect those weeks. If you were recently disqualified from UC, and had lost work due to the pandemic between February 2020 and September4, 2021 you may now be eligible for PUA for the weeks UC disqualified you. If that is your situation, you should email [email protected] and request a PUA claim.

PUA Eligibility

PUA covers:

  • Independent contractors or freelancers
  • Self-employed business owners
  • Gig workers
  • Workers without enough work history to qualify for UC
  • Those without work history who had a job offer that was withdrawn or could not start working

How to Use ID.Me

Did your PUA benefits suddenly stop? You may need to verify your identity using ID.Me. Watch this quick video on how to get started with ID.Me.

Questions about PUA?

We have a frequently asked questions page to help answer your questions about Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

What the Document Requirement Message in Your Portal Means

We have created a page of questions and answers to help guide you through the process of applying and keeping your unemployment compensation benefits.

Questions about how your benefits impact your taxes?

We’ve created a resource to help answer your questions about how you unemployment benefits affect your taxes.

Confused about your Weekly Benefit Amount?

Check out our page about PUA monetary determinations and weekly benefit amounts to learn more.