Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) – Payment Status and Amount by State

The PUA program provides up to 39 weeks of benefits, which are available retroactively starting with weeks of unemployment beginning on or after January 27, 2020, and ending on or before December 31, 2020. To qualify for PUA benefits, you must not be eligible for regular unemployment benefits and be unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work because of certain health or economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

PUA is essentially a way to provide unemployment benefits for those who were working and are now out of work and were generally self-employed (e.g. independent contractors or gig economy workers) and did not contribute taxes towards regular unemployment.

To apply for unemployment benefits using the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) extension provision approved under the CARES act. In fact this approach is being used by several state unemployment agencies and while it is a cause of concern for many unemployed Americans making new claims, it is the way their systems are designed to handle the new PUA coverage and provisions. So even though it may seem like the claim was denied in reality it just means that eligible claimants have been denied for standard unemployment benefits (in place prior to Coronavirus/COVID-19), but will likely qualify for the new PUA benefits.

The amount of PUA benefits are calculated based on your previously reported income and capped at the state’s maximum weekly benefit amount (WBA). PUA benefits may not be less than half of the state’s average weekly benefit amount as shown in the table below.

State$600 Supplementary FPUC Payment StatusState Max. Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA)Max WBA with $600 FPUCPUA Amount
AlabamaActive from 4/11. Retroactive to 3/29.$275$875$275
AlaskaFrom 4/13 (retroactive to 3/29)$370$970$370
ArizonaActive week starting 4/13 (retroactive to 3/29)$240$840$240
ArkansasActive week starting 4/13 (retroactive to 3/29)
$451$1,051 $451
CaliforniaActive (from April 11)$450$1,050 $175
ColoradoActive from April 20th$618$1,218 $618
ConnecticutActive from 4/16 (retroactive to 4/4)$649$1,249 $649
DelawareFrom April 5th (first to roll out)$400$1,000 $400
District of ColumbiaFrom 4/27 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)$444$1,044 $444
FloridaFrom 4/12 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)$275$875$275
GeorgiaFrom 4/4 and paid 4/19$365$965$365
HawaiiPaid from 4/21 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)$648$1,248 $648
IdahoFirst payment: 4/24/20. Available 4/28/20. Retroactive to 3/29$448$1,048 $448
IllinoisActive from 4/6 (retroactive to 3/29)$484$1,084$484
IndianaFrom 4/20 (retroactive to 3/29)$390$990$390
IowaFrom 4/16$481$1,081 $481
KansasFrom 4/23 (retroactive to March 29th)$488$1,088 $488
KentuckyFrom 4/4$552$1,152 $552
LouisianaFrom 4/20 (retroactive to March 29th)$247$847$247
MaineFrom 4/16 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)$445$1,045 $445
MarylandFrom 4/17 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)$430$1,030 $430
MassachusettsPaid from 4/10 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)$823$1,423 $823
MichiganActive from 4/10 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)$362$962$362
MinnesotaFrom 4/5$462$1,062 $462
MississippiPaid from 4/10 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)$235$835$235
MissouriActive 4/12 (retroactive to 3/29)$320$920$320
MontanaFrom 4/13 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)$552$1,152 $552
NebraskaFrom 4/17 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)$440$1,040 $440
NevadaActive from 4/12 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)$469$1,069 $469
New HampshireFrom 4/20 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)$427$1,027 $427
New JerseyActive 4/14 (for the week of March 30th)$713$1,313 $713
New MexicoFrom 4/13 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)$511$1,111 $511
New YorkActive (payments begin 4/5)$504$1,104 $504
North CarolinaFirst Payments by April 17$350$950$350
North DakotaWeek of April 14$618$1,218 $618
OhioActive from 4/23 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)$480$1,080 $480
OklahomaFrom 4/20 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)$539$1,139 $539
OregonFrom 4/10 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)$648$1,248 $648
PennsylvaniaActive from 4/12$572$1,172 $572
Puerto RicoNo info$190$790$190
Rhode IslandActive from 4/14$586$1,186 $586
South CarolinaFrom 4/18$326$926$326
South DakotaFrom 4/10 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)$414$1,014 $414
TennesseeFrom 4/14$275$875$275
TexasActive from 4/13 and being paid per comments$521$1,121 $521
UtahActive from 4/9 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)$580$1,180 $580
VermontFrom 4/5 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)$513$1,113 $513
VirginiaActive from 4/12 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)$378$978$378
WashingtonFrom 4/18 (retroactive to 3/29)$790$1,390 $790
West VirginiaFrom 4/20 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)$424$1,024 $424
WisconsinFrom 4/26 (Retroactive to 4/4)$370$970$370
WyomingFrom 4/27 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)$508$1,108 $508

State unemployment agencies and labor departments are now permitted to provide Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) to individuals who are self-employed, seeking part-time employment, or who otherwise would not qualify for regular unemployment compensation prior to new provision in the CARES stimulus bill. This group of workers however may have a hard time officially proving their wages during the applicable 2019-20 wage based period, in which case their weekly benefit amount will be reduced based on whichever is higher – the record of wages already on file or the minimum PUA weekly benefit amount for the state.

Eligible recipients must certify for PUA benefits weekly like regular unemployment. Individuals receiving PUA will also still be eligible for the $600 FPUC weekly payments. Once they begin certifying for weekly benefits they will not have to take any additional steps, and will receive the weekly $600 payments along with their PUA benefits.

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10 thoughts on “Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) – Payment Status and Amount by State

  1. I have been filing unemployment since April 4th with regular UI put was not getting any payment but when I file for the PUA UI for Maryland I was seeing some payment put for May only. I just got my card and payments for the two weeks of May with out the extra $600 from Federal and none of my missing payments for April was not paid to me on my card. Where my missing payments for April and the also the extra $600 from federal as promised with this PUA UI program. If just frustrating and disappointing during this terrible pandemic.

  2. I have been collecting PUA and FPUC since I registered on April 3rd and April 10th respectively, only finally getting the retroactive pay on May 8th. Now on May 19th, I received a message from my employer we are to reopen on May 19th. I got the OK to start on May 25th. Here’s my situation: I only work 5 days each week for 14.5 hours per week and collect partial Social Security. How will this affect my PUA and FPUC? I think I’ll be exempt from the PUA but will I still get the FPUC $600 or only part of that? I live in New York State.

  3. In Delaware the PUA website is not even working yet in order to apply for the unemployment… has anybody heard when will this page be available?

    1. I applied over a week ago. I had trouble the first few times I tried to get on the site though.

  4. My husband’s hours were reduced to 24 hours per week. We opened a CA UI-online account and submitted a claim. It came back as $0.00 benefit due to excessive earnings. My understanding is that he should qualify for PUA,however, There isn’t anywhere for him to apply, file a new claim or open a new claim. How would he apply for this? Additionally, not one documented phone number has live people to answer a question.

  5. I am a single mom working as an substitute teacher I lost my job because school closed for the pandemic virus since march. I tried many times to apply for unemployment however I got through this week all I get is $150.00 per week not even the minimum and no additional $600,00 PUA what should I do? I have two children also,

    1. I am a substitute in PA who worked nearly every day, and I received PUA benefits. You should too, I encourage you to call and explain, keep calling.

      1. Not sure if this will help but i am relatives in michigan and Georgia , and Georgia has 2 systems the pua system to file a claim and the other system the regular to file a claim, maybe theirs is like Georgia, michigan added the pua with their regular system and its actually easier in michigan to file for the pua benefit very fast turnaround , hopefully that helps

  6. I have been out of work since March 27, 2020 and I have not received any unemployment(PUA) or FPUC as of yet. I did receive notice that I should receive a payment this week. Will I be getting retro pay for the length of time that I didn’t receive benefits? If I find a job before I receive my retro pay, will I still qualify for it? Why is it that I’m receiving less than $600 for FPUC? I not complaining, however, I just want what is rightly owed to me so that I can pay the people that carried me and my family for so long as well as to obtain clarity on the situation.

    1. You should be getting retro pay and yes, if you get a job you still get pay for the time all the way up to when you get the job. Just stop certifying when you get the job.

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