Unemployment Acronyms - what do they even mean??

UI? FPUC? PUA? PUC? OMG my BFF Jill!!!

Do you read these and think to yourself, I swear the Department of Labor does this on purpose to confuse me?! You’re not alone.

Let’s break it down …

What is UI? Unemployment Insurance (UI) is the fund that pays for all UI claims. In most conversations, you’ll hear claims paid as either “PUA or regular UI.” Meaning, UI that would be typically paid if you were unemployed outside of this COVID pandemic.

What is PUA? Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is available to individuals who would not otherwise qualify for UI, but have been temporarily granted UI through the CARES Act.

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