Here's what you need to know about Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Apr 29 2020, 2:44 pm

As of Tuesday, the State of Oregon Employment Department is taking applications for the state-wide Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.

With funding from last month’s federal CAREs act, Oregon instituted the PUA program to help those that aren’t normally covered for unemployment insurance.

This group includes self-employed workers, contract workers, gig workers, and anyone else who has lost work that is not qualified for regular coverage.

Those approved for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program can receive a minimum of $205 per week and a maximum of $648 per week.

Calculated at 1.25% of your yearly income — net earning for self-employed people and gross earnings for all other employees — there is currently no date set for possible arrival. The total package covers a maximum of 39 weeks of employment, dating retroactively to February 2 (depending on when you lost your income).

Head over to the Oregon CARES website for all the needed forms, and more information regarding how to apply, who’s eligible, and FAQs.