The number of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims paid in Arizona dropped from 205,968 to 92,985 for the week ending Dec. 12.
The federally supported program for the self-employed allows people to claim benefits for 39 weeks. Pandemic unemployment ends in Arizona the week ending Dec. 25.
Pandemic unemployment has accounted for the lion’s share of unemployment claims for most of the fall. Since mid-September, the weekly number of unduplicated claims paid using the federal pandemic relief program has been more than 200,000.
At times, PUA has been as much as four times the number of regular unemployment claims, according to the state.