Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides unemployment benefits to individuals who became unemployed because of COVID-19 and are not eligible for regular benefits, including self-employed workers.
On March 12, 2021, Pres. Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.The bill extended the program an additional 29 weeks, extending the maximum number of weeks from 50 to 79. Read American Rescue Plan Act FAQs for other unemployment updates.
Step 1: Apply for Unemployment Benefits at the Claimant Portal
Step 2: Look for Work
On April 2, 2021, the Idaho Department of Labor notified all unemployment insurance claimants currently receiving benefits that pre-pandemic work search requirements will be reinstated starting April 25, 2021. Claimants must seek work unless they are returning to work for wages (not self-employment) with an employer within 16 weeks. Work search requirements apply to regular and CARES Act unemployment insurance programs. They also apply to all claimants, including self-employed individuals.
Step 3: Continue to Submit Your Weekly Certifications at the Claimant Portal
Step 4: Submit Proof of 2019 Earnings
Gather your proof of income for 2019. Your wage history needs to be established with any of the following documents:
Submit your proof of income using one of the following methods:
If you upload to Claimant Portal, the file size limit is 5 MB. File types allowed are: pdf, xps, doc, docx, odf, xls, xlsx, csv, ods, jpg, png, tif, txt, rtf, qbv, qbf, qbb, qbw, qbm, qbx.
Step 5: Verify Your Identity
U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) requires claimants receiving PUA benefits to verify their identity. You must verify your identity through our trusted partner, ID.me. If you fail to verify your identity through ID.me within 14 days, your unemployment insurance claim will be denied. Learn more about the identity verification process.
Step 6: Application Review
To be eligible for PUA, an individual must be unemployed or unable or unavailable to work due to one of the COVID-19 related reasons listed below:
An Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider
Brad Little, Governor
Jani Revier, Director