Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
PUA covers individuals who are not eligible for traditional UI benefits, including the self-employed, those seeking part-time employment, individuals lacking sufficient work history, independent contractors, gig economy workers; and those who have exhausted their benefit eligibility under both traditional UI and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation. To apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, click here.
Changes to the District of Columbia Unemployment Insurance Program
Effective January 5, 2020, the Maximum Weekly Benefit Amount in the District of Columbia has increased from $432 to $444 for new initial claims. All claimants who are currently receiving unemployment benefits as of January 5, 2020, will continue to receive their current maximum weekly benefit amount.
Please read the Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about this change. If you have additional questions, you may contact the Customer Navigation Center at 202-724-7000.
Important Alert to District of Columbia Employers and Residents: Notice of E-Mail Identity Theft Scam
If you receive an e-mail that claims to be sent on behalf of the Division of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) with an email address ending in @detma.org that requests information about a former employee, do not reply to the message and do not click the link in the message.
This appears to be an e-mail identity theft scam.
Neither the United States Department of Labor nor the Office of Unemployment Compensation at the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services sent the e-mail. The District of Columbia does not process DUA claims nor would either office request confidential information in this manner.
If you are an employer and responded to a request for employment or wage information from the Division of Unemployment Assistance or if you are a District resident and believe your identity has been compromised or stolen, please contact your local law enforcement agency.
The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) enforces the District of Columbia’s Consumer Protection Laws. You can file a consumer protection complaint with the Office of the Attorney General at http://oag.dc.gov/node/442592, e-mail the Office of the Attorney General at [email protected], or contact OAG at (202) 442-9828.
Visit the Office of the Attorney General at http://oag.dc.gov/node/442592 for additional resources on protecting the identity of your business and employees.