Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Update

We’re happy to announce that claimants will be able to file for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) beginning at 8:30am today.
They can do so by applying at: www.mass.gov/pua
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.
PUA is a separate program from regular unemployment insurance. If you have questions or concerns about this program or other UI issues please do not hesitate to contact our office:
Leonard.Mirra@MAHouse.gov