The Department of Workforce Development recently launched a new process for self-employed Hoosiers, independent contractors and “gig” workers to apply and receive unemployment benefits.

Under the federal CARES Act, Hoosiers who would not normally qualify for unemployment benefits may now be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. To be eligible for this program, you must first file for traditional unemployment insurance benefits and be denied. If you have already done this, you will have a “To Do” on your claimant homepage to complete the PUA application.

For those who have not yet applied, visit unemployment.in.gov. Click here for instructions on how to add your employer to the system. After adding your employer, you should be able to proceed with your application.

All applications must be submitted online at unemployment.in.gov.

Once an application has been approved, Hoosiers can expect to see payments on average within 21 days. The current target date to begin administering payments is May 8. These benefits will be calculated retroactively to March 29 and include the additional $600 per week federal stimulus.

The DWD is working diligently to answer questions and provide information to Hoosiers. Their helpline continues to have extremely high call volumes. Before calling, please check their website for their FAQ guide and other self-help tools. Click here for questions specific to Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.