Information for Self-employed and Independant Contractors

 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA, is a federal program for people who are unable to work as a result of COVID-19 and not eligible for regular state unemployment benefits, such as self-employed workers and independent contractors.

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North Carolina independent contractors and self-employed workers out of work because of COVID-19 can now apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance at des.nc.gov.

 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA, is a federal program for people who are unable to work as a result of COVID-19 and not eligible for regular state unemployment benefits, such as self-employed workers and independent contractors.

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"Applying for PUA Tip Sheet"

 

For people who have been laid off or had their hours reduced due to COVID-19, the online benefits system will determine eligibility for state unemployment or PUA through a single application.

 

Individuals who have already applied and been denied for state unemployment benefits may need to provide DES additional information to apply for PUA.

Those individuals should sign into their online account and click on the ‘Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance’ link to complete the application process. If their claim is in pending status, DES is continuing to review their eligibility for state unemployment benefits.

To help DES process claims more efficiently, claimants should upload all necessary documents, such as proof of income or proof of medical diagnosis, with their application before clicking ‘Submit.’ If a claimant does not have all of their documents ready when they start the application, they can save their work and come back to it when they are ready to submit all of their information.

The fastest and most efficient way to file a claim for unemployment is online at des.nc.gov.

NEED HELP?

Individuals who need assistance filing their PUA claim can call the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance line at 866-847-7209.