Unemployment Benefits for Gig Workers and Independent Contractors

Independent contractors and gig employees are eligible as of May 11, 2020 to apply for federal assistance through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Claimants that have applied and been denied regular unemployment benefits can now submit claims through the PUA portal. In order to be eligible for PUA benefits, workers need to apply for regular unemployment benefits and get denied before they can apply for PUA.