Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Do I qualify for PUA?

A new unemployment benefit program Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is available to workers who are not eligible for regular Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation (UC) and lost work due to COVID-19.

Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

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  • Those without work history who had a job offer that was withdrawn or could not start working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.