It did so through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, which offers a minimum payment of half the state’s average weekly benefit amount — which is generally higher than a state’s typical minimum benefit for other workers.
In California, for example, the program pays $167 a week but the state has a $40 minimum benefit for all other workers.
However, mixed earners — for example, a full-time contractor who has a part-time side gig that pays in W-2 wages — receive unemployment benefits based on their lesser W-2 income. They’re therefore more likely to make the minimum state benefit ($40 in California, for example) rather than the higher PUA minimum ($167 in this example).
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