Pennsylvania Now Accepting Applications for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Benefits

Self-employed, others not eligible for regular unemployment compensation may apply


April 23, 2020

Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak announced April 21 that Pennsylvania's self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers, and others not eligible for regular unemployment compensation (UC) can begin filing claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits.

PUA is included in the new federal expansion to unemployment benefits provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Pennsylvanians who meet PUA eligibility requirements can apply online. L&I anticipates a high volume of applications over the next few days which may temporaril...

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