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Pre-registering for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Opens April 24, 2020

Starting on Friday, April 24, Ohioans who are unemployed as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic but who don’t qualify for regular unemployment benefits can begin pre-registering for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), a new federal program that covers many more categories of workers, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced today.

 

 

Pre-registering for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Opens April 24, 2020

 

 

I just learned that if you applied for and were denied the EIDL/PPP due to the funds running out, now that the second round has come through, those loans will be looked at again in the order they came in. YOU DO NOT NEED TO RE-APPLY!

 

Also, the federal unemployment for Ohio will be opening up soon for those who are self employed.

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Starting on Friday, April 24, Ohioans who are unemployed as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic but who don’t qualify for regular unemployment benefits can begin pre-registering for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), a new federal program that covers many more categories of workers, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced today.

To pre-register for PUA benefits, Ohioans should visit unemployment.ohio.gov and click on “Get Started Now.” The benefit amount will be similar to traditional unemployment benefits, plus an additional $600 per week through July 25. The pre-registration tool will allow individuals to get in line early and pre-register their account, so that as soon as the agency has the technical ability to process their claims in May, they can log in and complete their paperwork.

For those eligible, PUA benefits will be retroactive to the date they 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. Individuals who have exhausted all regular unemployment and any weekly extensions also may be eligible for the program. Anyone with questions should call (833) 604-0774.

 

Thanks everyone! Stay safe!

 

Laurie McKnight

Director, Area 14 Workforce Development Board

Athens, Meigs, Perry Counties

184 N. Lancaster Street

Records Center #209

Athens, OH 45701

740.566.4395(O)

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