Federal Provisions for Unemployment

Last updated: 9/16/2021 | En español | COVID-19 Main Page | COVID-19 FAQs

Federal Unemployment Benefits Ending

Federal unemployment benefit programs under the CARES Act ended on September 4, 2021. You will no longer be paid benefits on the following claim types for weeks of unemployment after September 4:

Note: Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED) benefits will no longer be payable for weeks of unemployment after September 11.

The federal government does not allow benefit payments to be made for weeks of unemployment after these programs end, even if you have a balance left on your claim. Certification weeks eligible for payment before the end of these programs will be processed. This includes weeks eligible for conditional payments. You will be notified about what to expect based on your claim type.

Note: View the following to learn more about benefits ending and other assistance programs still available:

Other Assistance Programs

You may qualify for other State programs to help cover food, housing, and healthcare expenses.

Federal Benefits Ending

Learn more about federal unemployment benefits ending and other assistance programs still available.

  1. Log in to UI Online.
  2. Select Claim History.
  3. Select Transactions next to the most recent week.
  4. Under Program Type, it will show what type of benefits you are receiving that week.

If your program type is:

  • UI, you are receiving regular unemployment.
  • PEUC, Extension Tier 2, or Extension Tier 2 (Augmentation), you are receiving Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits.
  • Extension FED-ED, you have used all PEUC benefits and are now receiving FED-ED extension benefits.
  • Disaster Assistance, you are receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). If you aren’t receiving PUA, you are receiving Disaster Unemployment Assistance following a declared disaster.

View federal unemployment benefits (PDF) and their limited availability.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

PUA benefits ended September 4, 2021. The last day to apply for PUA is October 6, 2021, for weeks of unemployment before September 4.

If you currently have a PUA claim with a balance remaining, federal law does not allow PUA benefits to be paid for weeks of unemployment after September 4, even if there is a balance remaining on your claim.

  • If you earned enough wages from an employer (not self-employment income) in the last 18 months and are still unemployed or working part time, you can reapply for regular unemployment benefits. Log in to UI Online and select File New Claim.

Important: If you were previously denied PUA benefits for one or more weeks, review the recently updated COVID-19 reasons you can use to explain why you were or remain out of work during the COVID-19 public health emergency. In late September, your UI Online homepage will have a PUA Reassessment section where you can resubmit your COVID-19 reasons. If you meet PUA requirements under any of the COVID-19 reasons, you may be eligible for benefits for the weeks that were denied.

For more information about eligibility and PUA benefits, visit Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation

PEUC benefits ended September 4, 2021. If you currently have a PEUC extension, federal law does not allow PEUC benefits to be paid for weeks of unemployment after September 4, even if there is a balance remaining on your claim.

Deferred New Claim Payment Program

If you qualified for the Deferred New Claim Payment (DNCP) program, we will automatically move you to your unexpired, regular unemployment claim which has a lower weekly benefit amount. We will notify you how to certify for future weeks on your regular unemployment claim.

Usually, you can only collect up to 26 weeks of regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits within a benefit year. A benefit year is the 12-month period from the start of your claim.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) provides up to 53 additional weeks of payments if you’ve used all of your available UI benefits.

  • The first 13 weeks are available from March 29, 2020 to September 4, 2021. In UI Online, your claim type will display as PEUC.
  • After collecting the first 13 weeks, an additional 11 weeks are available beginning on or after December 27, 2020 to September 4, 2021. Your claim type will display as Extension Tier 2 in UI Online.
  • After collecting the first 24 weeks, an additional 29 weeks are available beginning on or after March 14, 2021 to September 4, 2021. Your claim type will display as Extension Tier 2 (Augmentation) in UI Online.

To qualify for a PEUC extension, your regular UI claim must have started on July 8, 2018, or after. Depending on when you filed your unemployment claim and if it has expired, you may need to reapply for unemployment.

If you run out of benefits within your benefit year…

  • If you run out of benefits within the benefit year, we will automatically file your PEUC extension on your regular unemployment claim.
    • If you are currently receiving a FED-ED extension, you will continue to collect it until it is exhausted. We will file the additional weeks of the PEUC extension after you use all FED-ED benefits.
  • We will notify you through UI Online, mail, or text message when you can certify for your next benefit payment.

If your benefit year has expired…

  • If your benefit year has expired, you must file another unemployment claim. We will send you a notice telling you to file a new claim if you are still unemployed. UI Online is still the fastest way to apply. If you have enough wages to qualify for regular unemployment, we will process your claim.
    • If you are currently collecting PEUC benefits and filed a new regular UI claim, we might continue paying benefits on your PEUC extension, instead of your regular UI claim if the weekly benefit amount on your PEUC extension is at least $25 more than the amount on your new regular UI claim. This is allowed under the new Deferred New Claim Payment (DNCP) program. The regular UI claim you recently qualified for will be on hold until you collect all available PEUC benefits, or until the PEUC extension ends on September 4, 2021, whichever comes first.
    • Once you have collected all available benefits on your PEUC extension, and if you are still unemployed and eligible, we will automatically start paying benefits on your new regular UI claim. There is no need to contact us.
  • If you don't qualify for a new claim after the benefit year expires, two things will happen.
    • First, you will receive a $0 award notice in the mail saying there are not enough wages for a new claim.
    • A few days later, you will receive another notice showing that we automatically filed a PEUC extension on your expired unemployment claim. You will also receive a text message about the filed extension. If you are already collecting PEUC benefits and filed a UI claim but aren't eligible, we will continue paying you under the PEUC extension.

Continue to monitor your UI Online account for updates and to certify for benefit payments.

Payments

After your extension is filed, you will need to continue certifying for benefits. Certifying is answering basic questions every two weeks that tells us you’re still unemployed and eligible to continue receiving payments. Payments will be the same as the weekly benefit amount from your regular UI claim.

If you have a PUA claim, you cannot collect PEUC at the same time. If you still have false statement penalty weeks on your regular UI claim that you have not served yet, you will continue on the PUA claim.

FED-ED Extension

If you use all your PEUC benefits, you may qualify for a FED-ED extension.

Pandemic Additional Compensation

PAC, also known as the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, ended September 4, 2021. Federal law does not allow PAC benefits to be paid for weeks of unemployment after September 4.

For weeks of unemployment between December 27, 2020, and September 4, 2021, we are paying $300 in federal unemployment compensation on top of your current weekly benefit amount.

You do not need to do anything. We will automatically add the federal unemployment compensation to each week of benefits that you are eligible to receive.

Any unemployment benefits through the end of the program will still be eligible for the extra $300, even if you are paid later.

For weeks of unemployment between March 29 and July 25, 2020, we are paying $600 in federal unemployment compensation on top of your current weekly benefit amount.

Note: Pandemic Additional Compensation, also known as Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), is a taxable income and is reported to the IRS.

Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation

Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) benefits ended September 4, 2021. Federal law does not allow MEUC benefits to be paid for weeks of unemployment after September 4.

The MEUC program pays an additional $100 per week in supplemental unemployment benefits to claimants who receive regular unemployment or extension benefits and earned self-employment income in the year before their claim. You must apply for the program and meet all MEUC eligibility requirements under federal law.

MEUC payments are retroactive to December 27, 2020, and claimants can receive up to a total of 36 weeks of payments through September 4, 2021.

To receive MEUC benefits, you must:

  • Be eligible for benefits on a:
    • Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim
    • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
    • Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED) extension
      • Note: If you are collecting Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) or Training Extension (TE) benefits, you are not eligible for the MEUC program.
  • Be eligible to receive at least $1 in unemployment benefits, or have had your unemployment benefits applied to your overpayment, for each week between December 27, 2020, and September 4, 2021, that you wish to collect the extra MEUC payment.
  • Apply for the MEUC program and provide documents that prove your net income (your pay after all taxes and deductions) from self-employment was at least $5,000. If your claim started in 2020, you need to have made at least $5,000 in 2019. If your claim started in 2021, you need to have made at least $5,000 in 2020.

Application Instructions

You must apply to receive MEUC benefits. Beginning June 30, 2021, if you are potentially eligible, we will send a message with application instructions to your UI Online inbox or an application by mail. Be sure to complete and return the application.

If you believe you may be eligible for MEUC benefits, but did not receive a message in your UI Online inbox, you can request an application by phone. Call the dedicated MEUC telephone line at 1-877-631-3247. This line is not for regular unemployment claims or for those checking on the status of a pending MEUC application.

After you apply, we will send a notice in the mail about your eligibility. If you are eligible, we will automatically add $100 to each week of your unemployment payments. You must continue to submit your weekly certifications.

The sooner you apply, the sooner you may qualify for the additional payment.

Important: The email notification cannot be transferred and is only sent to people who are potentially eligible for the MEUC program and have a current UI Online account. Do not forward the email to others who want to apply for the MEUC program. The UI system will identify additional claimants on a daily basis, and those people who are potentially eligible for the MEUC program will receive an email notice. Potentially eligible people who are not registered in UI Online, or were not identified by the system, will receive the Notice of Potential Eligibility (DE 6330MEUC) and a paper application by mail.