As part of the $2 trillion CARES Act that Congress passed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment benefits were broadened, allowing self-employed, gig-workers and contractors to receive unemployment benefits. The program, known as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), will pay claims retroactively. More information below.
There are three ways to start a new application for PUA benefits:
E-mail OED_PUA_INFO@oregon.gov to request a secure email link, then attach your PUA application and weekly claim reports to the secure email. Please only use the secure e-mail link to provide personal identifying information relevant to your claim.
Mail your PUA application and weekly claim reports to Oregon Employment Department at P.O. Box 14165, Salem, OR 97311.
Fax 503-371-2893 for your PUA application.