As part of the federal CARES Act, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic. For additional information, please visit: https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/pandemic-unemployment-assistance.htm