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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)

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  • Those without work history who had a job offer that was withdrawn or could not start working

Common PUA Issues

I was denied PUA benefits

Receiving a PUA benefit denial can be very stressful, but its important to take action fast

I am waiting on PUA benefits

There are a few common reasons why your PUA benefits may be delayed

My PUA benefits suddenly stopped

There could be a few reasons why your benefits suddenly stopped. We recommend taking these steps to solve this issue

I was told to apply for regular Unemployment Compensation

If you were told to apply for regular unemployment compensation by the government, you need to follow their instruction

I disagree with my weekly benefit amount

PUA claimants can request a redetermination of the weekly benefit amount

I have a PUA overpayment

Find out everything you need to know about PUA overpayments

I think someone filed for PUA benefits under my name

PUA fraud is a serious issue. If your identity is used in a fraudulent PUA case, it can delay your benefits, so act fast
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Check out - a new online resource, created by Philadelphia Legal Assistance, for workers in Pennsylvania. It has the most current and accurate information about Unemployment Compensation and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

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Congress extended PUA on March 11, 2021

Congress extended PUA through the week ending September 4th, 2021 with $300 extra each week. PLA prepared a guide to explain what that means for your benefits.

How to Appeal a PUA Determination on the Portal

Watch our video on how to appeal a PUA determination on the portal. Then check out our other video on YouTube about next steps after you appeal.

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.