New program to help unemployed Vermonters

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont is launching help for self-employed and independent workers to receive unemployment benefits.

As part of the federal CARES Act, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program will help Vermonters who are self-employed, independent contractors, or have a limited work history. Gov. Phil Scott says Vermont is among the first states implementing the program.

The benefits are calculated based on reported prior earnings and will provide for lost wages, and give an additional $600 per week.

On Thursday at 2 p.m., labor leaders will talk about the program, how to apply and who it includes.

This will help people who were previously not able to collect unemployment benefits.

Click here for more information about PUA and eligibility.