Breaking News! Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program

04.21.2020

 

 

Sarah Finley
Press Secretary
Governor’s Office
gov.press@state.ma.us

 

 

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  www.mass.gov/pua.

 

Read full press release here.