Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

PUA is unemployment assistance for the self-employed, contractor, gig worker, those who file a 1099, individuals who are ineligible for any other state or federal unemployment benefits and who are unemployed, unable to work or unavailable to work as a direct result of COVID-19.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance FAQ

UI for Self-Employed Contractors Gig Workers and 1099s

General Questions About Unemployment Insurance During COVID-19

Application Process

Filing for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
If you filed have not filed a regular Unemployment Insurance claim during the current quarter, you may be required to file a new regular UI claim first before being able to file for PUA. The system will take your PUA claim information during the regular UI claim filing process.

UI Application with PUA PDF Instructions (process if you filed in the previous quarter)
PUA Applications Instructions (process if you filed in the current quarter)
Video Instructions

If you have not filed for unemployment insurance, feel free to visit our Apply for Benefits page to walk you through the process or go directly to the MyBenefits Portal to begin.

If you are found eligible for benefits, you may receive your payment within 7-14 days, but for more complex claims it could take up to 21 days to process and receive payment.

Don't Forget: In order to continue receiving benefits you must certify each week you are still unemployed.
Video Instructions
PDF Instructions

If you need assistance applying for benefits, claims representatives are available at 1-866-831-1724 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.


If you have been deemed monetarily ineligible, it may be because you filed your claim as self-employed, contractor, gig worker or someone who files a 1099. Please understand that the funding for which you may be eligible does not come from state resources. What that means is, you will receive notification that you have been denied state unemployment insurance benefits.

This is the first step in the process to receive federal funds coming from the CARES Act. You are still potentially eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) which is provided through this Act for individuals who were not previously eligible for unemployment benefits. Our agency encouraged individuals to go ahead and apply in our system because, if you are eligible under PUA, the benefits will be paid retroactively.

When we are able to process these applications, as per DOL guidance, you will receive a notification by email, text or phone call explaining your next steps in the process.

There is nothing additional you need to do at this time.

*If you have already appealed the denial of benefits, our system will dismiss the appeal so that you can proceed with the PUA process when our agency notifies you.



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