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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on April 30, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Vermont, we recommend that you visit the state’s COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center or the Governor's Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources.

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Description of Program and Relief

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides support for workers not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency. PUA benefits are calculated based on a claimant’s reported prior earnings. PUA will provide for lost wages, including an additional $600/week for each week of lost wages.

Government or Lead Agency

Vermont Department of Labor

Dates Available

Effective immediately

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

For eligibility requirements, please see here.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)


Contact for More Information

(877) 660-7782

List of Additional Information

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