Weekend system upgrades by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, required by new federal mandates, have made federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance again available to Ohioans who have been waiting to receive these benefits since the program expired on Dec. 26. These upgrades also allow for Ohioans to submit new PUA applications.

The PUA program supports business owners, the self-employed, independent contractors, and others who don’t qualify for traditional unemployment benefits. The new legislation provides up to an additional 11 weeks of PUA, or 50 weeks total, for eligible individuals. The affected individuals have been notified and can now log into their accounts, file claims, and receive payments for which they are eligible.