Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
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)
- 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- Those without work history who had a job offer that was withdrawn or could not start working
Common PUA Issues
I was denied PUA benefits
I am waiting on PUA benefits
My PUA benefits suddenly stopped
I was told to apply for regular Unemployment Compensation
I disagree with my weekly benefit amount
I think someone filed for PUA benefits under my name
Running out of Benefits? Get 11 More Weeks!
Congress extended PUA for 11 weeks with $300 extra each week until March 13, 2021. PLA prepared a guide to explain what that means for your benefits.
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.