Breaking News! Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program




Sarah Finley
Press Secretary
Governor’s Office



The Baker-Polito Administration announced yesterday that Massachusetts residents who are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits can now apply online for the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.



The new federal PUA program provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who are unable to work because of a COVID-19-related reason but are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits.



This includes self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig economy workers such as artists, and those with limited work history.



Applicants can learn more and apply at


Read full press release here.