The Department of Economic Opportunity has released information and guidance on how to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) that may be helpful for Floridians who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 pandemic.
What is Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)?
The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program provides unemployment benefits to those that may not otherwise be eligible under Florida’s State Reemployment Assistance Program, including independent contractors and individuals who are self-employed. Individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19 and believe they may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, can visit www.FloridaJobs.org and select “file a claim” to apply and be considered for PUA.
*Please note we are not the unemployment office and cannot answer questions about your claims, however, we feel these resources will help you with the application process.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Guide
A step by step guide has been provided to help you navigate the application process. Click here for this Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Guide. A flow chart is available to understand the PUA application process.
You can follow a screening tool that will determine if you should apply for State or Federal benefits. Click here for screen shots of the screening tool to help you navigate it. Once reviewed, you can click here to complete the walk-through screening tool.
Frequently Asked Questions
Click here for additional information on eligibility and the application process.
Am I Eligible?
You may wonder if you are eligible for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Click here for various scenarios and benefits you may be entitled to.
For assistance, please contact the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity toll-free at 1-833-352-7759, submit your questions here or watch the Reemployment Assistance video tutorials here.
For more information visit Florida’s Reemployment Assistance page.