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Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

The new federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (or “PUA”) program will provide benefits for many individuals ineligible for state unemployment benefits, including self-employed workers and 1099 tax filers. The Ohio Department of Job & Family Services will begin accepting applications for the PUA program by Monday, May 11. You will be able to apply online at www.unemployment.ohio.gov. For those eligible, PUA benefits will be retroactive to the date you qualified, as early as February 2. The program will provide up to 39 weeks of benefits to many who historically have not qualified for unemployment benefits, such as self-employed workers, 1099 tax filers, part-time workers, and those who lack sufficient work history or minimum weekly hour requirements. Individuals who have exhausted all regular unemployment and any weekly extensions may also be eligible for the program. For more information, please visit www.unemploymenthelp.ohio.gov or call the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services at (833) 604-0774