Due to the Coronavirus-related "stay at home" order issued by Mecklenburg County, the GCAA office will be closed and staff will be working remotely until further notice. Events through the end of April will be postponed or cancelled. We will evaluate events scheduled beyond May 15 for feasibility of rescheduling. Follow our Blog and eBlasts for regular updates and pertinent information.

Pandemic Unemployment Application for Self Employed Now Available

Posted By: Wesley Masters News ,


North Carolina independent contractors and self-employed workers who are out of work because of COVID-19 can apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance as of Friday, April 24 at des.nc.gov.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA, is a federal program for people who are unable to work as a result of COVID-19 and not eligible for regular state unemployment benefits, such as self-employed workers and independent contractors. More information is available here.

Note: The DES office is now open to take calls on Saturdays and Sundays also. Weekend hours are Saturdays 8a-5p, and Sundays 12p-5p.