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Unemployment benefits extend to gig workers, self-employed

January 22, 2021 News Extra

Even as unemployment compensation frustrations mount in the county, there's some good news for those who want to collect a form of unemployment benefit.

On Friday, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Acting Secretary Jennifer Berrier announced, in a release, that payments for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA, program in the new federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act extension are resuming.

The PUA program assists workers who lost their jobs because of COVID-19 and are not typically eligible for other unemployment compensation. This includes gig workers, freelancers and self-employed workers.

This is a breaking news report — read more about unemployment compensation issues in Sunday's Butler Eagle.