Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): For Individuals Not Covered Under Traditional Unemployment Insurance (Self-Employed, Gig Economy Workers, Others)

The 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

Apply Here

Beginning on Monday, April 20, 2020, Massachusetts workers will be able to complete a PUA application by clicking here.


Click here to review the answers to frequently asked questions.

Guide Book

For the PUA guide book (very helpful!), please click here.

DUA Virtual Town Halls

Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is hosting Virtual Town Halls (some focused on PUA and some in Spanish), here is the link to sign up.

Do You Qualify?

Click here for two help PDFs:
CARES Act PUA Eligibility Checklist
CARES Act and regular UI Eligibility Flow Chart



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