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. The individual must be unemployed; PUA is not a wage replacement program for workers who are still working full time but have had earnings reduced. On Dec. 27, 2020, the stimulus bill renewed PUA, that was originally set to expire Dec. 26, 2020. Click here for CARES Act Extension FAQs.
Step 1: Apply for Unemployment Benefits
Step 2: Continue to submit your weekly certifications
Step 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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