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Labor and Economic Opportunity

I've never been able to get unemployment benefits before because I'm an independent contractor. Can I get benefits now?

Yes. With Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), many people, including those who don’t typically qualify for unemployment benefits, such as self-employed workers, independent contractors, low-wage workers and those with limited work history may qualify for PUA. Under PUA, individuals will receive an established weekly benefit amount and an additional $600 per week in Pandemic Unemployment Compensation.