COVID-19 Unemployment Assistance

Several programs have been extended for folks whose employment was impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Applications for unemployment benefits are managed by the Tennessee state government. To apply for unemployment benefits, please visit the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development website

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) 

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program aids individuals who are not usually eligible for unemployment insurance. Relief from this program is intended to reach self-employed folks, part-time workers, and those unable to work due to COVID-19 such as gig economy workers. PAU currently provides for federally financed unemployment benefits to be collected through March 14, 2021. To be eligible for PUA, individuals must show they are otherwise able to work and available for work, except that they are unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work because of COVID-19 related reasons starting on or after January 27, 2020. 

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) 

The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program allows for up to 13 additional weeks of unemployment benefits for individuals that exhaust state and federal unemployment benefits. This program is designed for full-time employees who are unable to work due to COVID-19. Folks must be actively seeking work to be eligible, subject to Coronavirus-related flexibilities. Individuals using this programs will receive their weekly unemployment plus $300 from FPUC. 

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) 

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation gives individuals already collecting unemployment compensation an additional $300 a week. This program is payable for weeks of unemployment beginning on or after December 26, 2020, and ending on or before March 14, 2021. Individuals on PUA and PEUC are eligible for the benefits in FPUC.