Extra $100 Weekly Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) For Claimants Not Getting PUA Benefits – 2021 State Program Tracker and Payment Status

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This article was last updated on April 5

Several states have announced plans or started making the MEUC payment per the guidelines and tracker table below. Due to the challenged rollouts with the 2021 extensions to PUA and PEUC programs many states had put implementation and payment of the MEUC program on the back burner. However with those updates now being rolled out, many participating states are implementing the MEUC program updates and eligible PUA claimants should soon be able to apply (and provide required documentation) to get retroactive back payments for covered weeks. See further details about the program and eligibility below.

[Biden Stimulus Bill Extension] The Biden ARP Stimulus package recently passed in Congress extends the Mixed Earner supplement (MEUC) and other enhanced unemployment programs (PUA and PEUC) until September 6th. This is equivalent to an additional 25 weeks. It will be added to the 11 weeks approved under the CAA and paid retroactively for states that are still implementing this program.


Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) Program Overview

A significant provision in federally funded pandemic unemployment programs is an extra $100 weekly payment to workers who had a significant cut to their income due to COVID and had both wage (W2) income and self-employment (1099) income. Think of this as someone with a normal part-time salaried job who also has a reasonable side hustle or freelancing gig making money (e.g Etsy, Contractors or a blogger/you-tuber making more than $5,000).

The new $100 Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation supplement is intended to address a major hole in the original stimulus package which penalized those with this form of mixed income who got lower unemployment benefits because they were only deemed eligible for regular state unemployment or PEUC due to their wage based income. This precluded them from the possibly higher PUA benefit payment they may have been able to get if their self employment income was used as the basis for their total unemployment benefit calculation.

For example Mary, a freelancer graphic designer, earns a large part of her income through contract projects she does for various clients and gets a 1099 tax form for this work. She also works at a bar part-time on the weekends for which she gets paid a weekly salary that includes tips. She has been getting a W-2 tax form at the end of the year from this job. Mary lost her bar job during the year due to COVID but because she qualifies for traditional unemployment and eventually PEUC – due to being classified as a W2 salaried worker by her state UI agency – when she applied for UI benefits only her W2/bar job income is used in figuring her Weekly Unemployment Benefit Amount (WBA).

However if she was able to use her freelancing/1099 income she have a higher wage base and could have actually qualified for a higher weekly benefit payment under the the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) available to freelance and gig workers. This means that her weekly unemployment check will be lower because the income she made from the bar job, which is used for her UI benefit WBA calculation, is significantly less than what she earns from her freelancing graphic designer contract job.

Surprisingly data showed millions of Americans fell into this mixed earner unemployment hole and the extra $100 per week, on top of a $300 per week FPUC to those getting at least $1 of regular or enhanced unemployment is intended to make up for this gap.

This mixed earner benefit payment is however subject to state discretion, so some states may choose to pay it while others may not. If the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program is used as a guideline where states could optionally pay an extra $100, then it is likely only a few states will make this supplementary payment to eligible claimants. Not that this is payment is above and beyond the $300 FPUC that is automatically being paid to eligible claimants (see $300 state tracker). Note that per guidelines, if your state chooses to implement the $100 payment, they must notify you that you are eligible.

Do I qualify for the $100 Mixed earner payment?

You qualify if you ALL meet these criteria:

1). Are you getting at least $1 per week in traditional unemployment insurance, which excludes PUA?

2) Did you report $5,000 in 1099 and reportable self-employment income prior to your initial claim? Workers who earned at least $5,000 in self-employment income in 2019 will be eligible for the extra $100 per week effective December 27, 2020 through March 14, 2021.

You will need to submit documentation to prove $5k in self-employment income for new claims. If Initial claim was established in 2020, use tax year 2019 documentation to prove your income. If the Claim was established in 2021, use tax year 2020 information.

If you meet the criteria and your state is paying it (see list below) then you will get this payment added to your weekly benefit once your MEUC application is successful.

Will missed payment weeks be retroactively paid due to State rollout delays?

Yes. Almost all states have been late in rolling out the new MEUC program (due to focus on PUA and PEUC program extensions), but as they implement the MEUC updates any retroactive week payments that claimants are eligible will be paid in full. The back payment process will vary by state but will likely be made in one lump sum for eligible weeks.

Do I have to manually apply for the MEUC?

Yes. As this is a separate program and has specific documentation requirements (to prove self employment income) you will have to directly apply for this program. Your state UI agency will confirm you were receiving unemployment benefits from eligible programs other than Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

When Will I get the Extra $100 Payment?

State UI agencies are responsible for administering this payment and if they choose to make the “mixed earner” benefit payment they will also have to determine eligibility (subject to DOL guidelines). I will continually update the following table to track which states are making this payment and when you can expect to start processing payments. Feel free to leave a comment if your state has started making payments and I will update.

$100 MEUC (Mixed Earner) Extra PUA Unemployment State Tracker

State
(Click state link for details)
Enrolled in $100 MEUC Program? $100 MEUC Payment Start Date
AlabamaYNot Started
AlaskaYNot Started
ArizonaYPaying Now
ArkansasYPaying Now
CaliforniaYNot Started
ColoradoYNot Started
ConnecticutYPaying Now
DelawareYNot Started
District of ColumbiaYPaying Now
FloridaYNot Started
GeorgiaYNot Started
HawaiiYNot Started
IdahoNDid Not Enroll in Program
IllinoisYNot Started
IndianaYNot Started
IowaYNot Started
KansasYNot Started
KentuckyYPaying Now
LouisianaYNot Started
MaineYNot Started
MarylandYPaying Now
MassachusettsYNot Started
MichiganYPaying Now
MinnesotaYNot Started
MississippiNDid Not Enroll in Program
MissouriYNot Started
MontanaYNot Started
NebraskaYNot Started
NevadaYNot Started
New HampshireYNot Started
New JerseyYNot Started
New MexicoYNot Started
New YorkYPaying Now
North CarolinaYNot Started
North DakotaYNot Started
OhioYImplementing Program Updates
OklahomaYNot Started
OregonYNot Started
PennsylvaniaYPaying Now
Rhode IslandYNot Started
South CarolinaYNot Started
South DakotaNDid Not Enroll in Program
TennesseeYNot Started
TexasYNot Started
UtahYNot Started
VermontYNot Started
VirginiaYFrom April 26, 2021
WashingtonYNot Started
West VirginiaYNot Started
WisconsinYExpected to start May 19th
WyomingYNot Started

State Notifications for Mixed Earner Payments

States who opt into the MEUC program are legally required to notify potential UI claimants about the program. You will get a notice for claimant action that provides instructions on how to apply for the program and key documentation you will need. I would still recommend you check your state UI website regularly (incase you don’t get the official notice) or bookmark this article as I will update the table above when states have the MEUC program up and running.

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49 thoughts on “Extra $100 Weekly Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) For Claimants Not Getting PUA Benefits – 2021 State Program Tracker and Payment Status

  1. I was wondering if anyone knows when New Jersey is considering starting the mixed earner $100 boost program

  2. I applied for the mixed income but now I don’t want it cause he will mess up my Medicaid. I never uploaded my documents but did the application. Can I just not upload them and be fine.

  3. I have been messing with this all day. How exactly do you apply? Do you email the info too them? Doesn’t make it clear. I am in Ohio. I have been trying too do this for the last 7 hours.

    1. Many are still implementing this program. When done you will be able to go to their website to apply and upload required documentation. It will take them some time to verify eligibility and then you will be paid, including back payments.

  4. I just got this in my beacon today. I work only 8 hours a week right now a pt job. I get PEUC my pt job is W2 not self-employed so should I apply for this too. Thank you to anyone that answers.

    1. You HAVE to also be self employed and or have made 5,000$ in SELF EMPLOYMENT to get approved. I received the MEUC application in my beacon portal as well. I also now work very few hours every week at my part time job so I receive reg UI as well and a W-2 from my part-time job. But I have NEVER been self employed or received a 1099 form so I do not know why they sent me the MEUC form as an action item. But I am NOT applying and risking messing anything up because I already know I’m not eligible. And it sounds like you aren’t either.

  5. My husband is receiving regular UI. He is also self employed. He does not receive 1099 but includes his self employment income on State and Federal income tax. Would he be eligible for MEUC?

    1. It depends on the state you are in. You have to show proof that you got $5,000 of self employment income and if this itemized correctly on this tax return he should be eligible. He should try and apply and see what happens.

  6. Does anyone Know when Texas will finally start paying out FPUC Been receiving Peuc since early January Exhuasted my regular benefits before Dec 26 2020. Texas Workforce Commission Gives no updates at there websites extremely frustrated.

  7. I’m on PUA, I made a backday payment request and got qualified, the money showed up in my account but I didn’t manage to recuest payment because the money disappeared and now it shows $0, I call unemlloyment but no one can tell me what happened? I got 1099 and there it shows that I got the money but I never got it physically, what should I do now?

  8. I’m not sure what states you all live in but not one of you really have the right answer. Nothing is added automatically. We have been getting paid on the new federal program for a month now. Why are you just now asking? You have to stay on top of your correspondence/mail. If your PUA and you can’t provide proof of employment for 2019, people who didn’t have income,
    are now required to pay this money back. 18k, 24k etc. Depending on how much you received. A
    lot of people thought insufficient work history was good enough, nope. Now they want proof. It’s terrible and wrong. At the same time, I’m glad that anyone who did get this money illegally, will face consequences.

  9. Do I need to enroll in this if I have not done any side work (e.i. self-employment, side gigs or freelance)?

    1. I just got an action item in my portal about applying for MEUC, but I have not done any side work, such as self-employment, side gigs or freelance, such as you, YS! I’m confused as to why I got this action item to apply for MEUC! So, I’m wondering if I need to enroll in MEUC, too! Can someone please reply to me about this situation? I don’t want to miss out on collecting any money, but I don’t think this plan is for me!

      1. Which state? You do need to enroll and submit income (1099) documentation to get this payment.

  10. Wth they saying the Louisiana workforce has stopped Eb after January 23 what the hell is going on

  11. Will people getting just pua for gig workers ,eligible for fpuc or the new meuc?

  12. Hello I got a message from edd saying my claim has ended. Do I need to reapply for another claim or is it automatically extended? Also on my claim summary it says I still have a claim balance. Thanks

    1. It is only extended if your claim is active and you have remaining weeks (which looks to be the case for you). The new 11 week extension is being rolled out by the CA EDD so you should automatically get your claim extended. Check your UI portal to ensure this happens.

      Note – the new extension, PUA includes up to 57 weeks of benefits beginning February 2, 2020. The date you can start collecting these benefits depends on when you were directly affected by COVID-19 and the date you filed your PUA claim. See more here: https://savingtoinvest.com/californias-employment-development-department-for-unemployment-insurance/

      1. This is exactly me. I did some side work for someone who gave me a W2 in 2018. Well when I applied for the PAU they instead based my unemployment on the W-2 which gave me $49 a week instead of getting the $450 a week that my self employment income made me eligible for.. So I got screwed. My saving grace was the extra $600 a week that they were giving everybody last spring when the lockdowns effectively put me out of business. I still got screwed out of $400 bucks a week. However I wouldn’t even have bothered to apply for unemployment it was just for $49 a week..

        1. Call Unemployment and have them get this straightened out. If they calculated your benefits incorrectly, they need to fix this and pay you retroactively for all the weeks you were paid the lesser amount.

        2. Same! And they will not pay you the higher PUA no matter what because if you technically qualify for regular unemployment the legislation said they had to use that. That is why there is this extra $100 program starting. Well what about all the week form March 19 2020 till now? Giving people $100 a week isn’t enough. It should have been legislation to recalculate benefits to base their unemployment off the largest amount or total amount at the very least for folks like us who lost their whole self employment income and should have received a high weekly payout. No excuses. And the $100 is only from Dec 27 2020 and isn’t retro from the start of your initial claim ( for me March 19) We are an afterthought. We also missed out on the extra $400 last fall because they deemed us low earners who didn’t need the extra because we make less than $100 a week so we must have hardly worked before Covid. Completely unfair to us hard working self employed. At least it’s something I guess.

    2. It will not add automatically. We were all duped into believing that, it’s not the case..you have to reopen or refile your claim. Nothing with Unemployment is simple or easy. You must reopen. Again it will not be added automatically.

  13. I am an independent contractor. I was not able to work for 5 weeks because of covid 19. When I went back to work my I was only able to earn a third of what I normally do. I did not receive and compensation during 2020.
    I am 66 yrs old. Do not know how to use a computer. Called DOL of Ga. many times and could never get in touch with anyone.
    Hope you can help me. The money I borrowed will run out in 3 months. Thank You.
    Kenneth Simmons

    1. HI Kenneth, Contact your local assembly members office and ask them for assistance with EDD. I live in CA and getting through to EDD was like winning the lottery, in other words impossible. My local assembly members office had me straitened out with EDD in a few weeks.
      There is an online tool to find out who to contact. They will be able to help you get enrolled and even retroactively paid as you didn’t receive any help. Good Luck!

  14. Is the new extra 300 in unemployment retro active from beginning of December or no? Asking for a friend =-o

  15. I live in Florida, am self employed. DO I NEED TO REAPPLY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT OR AM I AUTOMATICALLY ENROLLED??????

    1. No you would not if you received bat least $1 around July 31st – August.

  16. I feel I am getting srewed by the state for unemployment I get 31$a week for unemployment now . I am 66years old .yes I get SS my but I also worked part time as a cashier. But the business shut down cause if the virus. I want to work but I do have a few health issues. So I am afraid to look for another job. I lost my apartment so now living outside. The state does not care about the people . But they sure get their money and raises .. They need to live like we all do . They won’t like it. It’s sad .

  17. I hope it’s true if you exhausted all programs,you can still receive benefits

  18. So how would this work for the people that used their PEUC if they already exhausted their benefits? Are they going to be able to file again for the extra 11 week’s

    1. The state should be giving an extended benefit with the new federal benefit

  19. I was only getting $81 a week..I was getting the EB which I only got for 3 weeks last payment was Oct..I haven’t gotten any unemployment since..do I qualify for the $300 plus the extra $100?

    1. Not unless you can prove you had a side gig. you will have to prove it with a 1099 form

  20. Ok my claim ran out on 12/26/2020 in Louisiana I filed a new claim cause the website said so I filed a new one so today I go on the website it said if your claim expired on 12/26/2020 don’t file a new claim and it wasn’t like my original claim cause I didn’t know not to file until Monday 12/28/2020 so would they erase the new claim and stick with my original claim cause I can’t get a answer at the LWC ?

    1. Just went through the same problem but I was able to get ahold of someone at the office stick to ur regular claim everyone that filed a new claim is getting erased and the regular claim is getting extended

    2. If the website shows you have an active claim you do not need to reapply.

  21. I work for NFL football ball team. I have lost money because of no fans this season. I have only working 12 hours a week. Usually I would work32 hours or more a week. After a game. Am I eligible for the additional $100. If so how do I file?

    1. you would likely be. But your state will have to roll-out the benefit (its at their discretion) so you’ll have to wait a few weeks. If you get/qualify for the $300 FPUC then you will also retroactively get this payment.

    2. That would be a yes being you work for a sporting event but if you recall the lwa pymts should’ve been $400 but most states opted out on paying the extra $100. Shows how much our state leaders care for their own.

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