Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Claims Can Now Be Filed

Claimants are now able to file for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

They can do so by applying at:

PUA is a program open to the following individuals:

  • Self-employed individuals, including gig workers, freelancers, and independent contractors
  • Those seeking part-time employment
  • Claimants that have an insufficient work history to qualify for benefits
  • And claimants that have been laid off from churches and religious institutions and are not eligible for benefits under state law

As PUA is a separate program from regular unemployment insurance, they ask that you send constituent inquiries to Jennifer Lavin at

The DUA constituent service team (like Mavis Smith, for example) does not have access to the PUA platform, so they will not be able to help you with these claims. If you have policy questions please do not hesitate to reach out to