Labor and Economic Opportunity
PUA is a temporary federal program that provides up to 50 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who are not eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) such as:
To be eligible for PUA, your reason for no longer working must fall within one of the COVID-19 Scenarios
Payment Amount: Minimum weekly benefit amount: $160; Maximum weekly benefit amount: $362.
Update - March 15, 2021
In late February, the U.S. Dept. of Labor issued guidance expanding PUA eligibility to include three COVID-19 related reasons under which an individual may self-certify. The additional reasons address circumstances when an individual is directly affected by COVID-19 including:
The additional eligibility provisions apply retroactively to the beginning of the PUA program for those who filed before Dec. 27, 2020. For those who filed after Dec. 27, it is retroactive to Dec. 6, 2020.
Claimants who were previously denied PUA benefits will be notified with details on the new provisions on how to reapply for PUA benefits.
Submit Proof of Employment
Verify Your Identity
In addition to proof of employment, you will be required to verify your identity if you have not already been required to do so. Should it be needed, UIA will send a separate request for your identity verification. The notice will provide additional information and instructions on how to submit your verification, the deadline for submission, and examples of acceptable proof. You will have 10 days from the date of the notice to submit the requested documents to establish your identity. If you do not respond or the documents you provide are not sufficient to verify your identity, your benefits will be stopped, and you may be required to repay benefits already received.
1. Log into your MiWAM.
2. Under Alerts, click on "Additional Information Required – Click Here to File a PUA.”
3. Fill out the PUA reopen application.
4. Click submit and receive confirmation.
NOTE: The certification date displayed on the confirmation page will reflect a future date. If needed, you will be able to certify for past weeks.
Certifications may display immediately or may take time to generate.
Please allow time for the system to update once you've taken an action like reopening or certifying.