$300 Weekly FPUC Unemployment Payment Tracker and PUA/PEUC Extensions – Updates and Latest News on 25 Week Extension to September 2021 (Including Early Termination in Some States)

Federally funded unemployment benefits have been extended to September 6th, 2021 per the latest Biden stimulus bill (American Rescue Plan). The current enhanced benefit programs including PUA, PEUC and the $300 weekly FPUC extensions which had expired on March 14th (existing claimants can use benefits till April 10th) under the previous CAA COVID relief bill. The latest bill essentially funds new/extra benefits from March 15th, 2021 to September 6th, 2021.

$300 FPUC for 25 weeks (Maximum of $7,500)

The Biden stimulus bill continues the supplementary $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payment that was already in place for another 25 weeks. In most states this will cover the benefit weeks ending March 20th to September 4th.

If a claimant is eligible for every week they would be able to get an extra $7,500 on top of their regular or pandemic unemployment payments. Eligibility criteria is the same as earlier FPUC payments where the claimant has to be getting $1 from any underlying regular state or federally funded unemployment benefit program during the 25 week coverage period.

Most states are expected to see no lapse in payments for active claimants. But those whose benefits do lapse after the week of March 15th, they may have to wait for states to update their IT systems to process the 25-weeks extension. Any payments will be retroactively caught up for eligible weeks.

Do I need to take any action to be paid the $300 FPUC?

Like prior FPUC weekly payments, you won’t have to to take any additional action to receive this supplemental payment from your state UI agency. Just continue to file your claim each week for the unemployment benefit you are currently receiving and the supplementary payment will be added to that (including retroactive back payments) once your state agency updates their systems to make this payment.

Are some states ending the $300 payment early?

Yes. Several states have announced an early termination for the $300 supplementary weekly payment in order to encourage workers to return to work versus staying on unemployment benefits. You can see a list of states ending enhanced UI benefits early here. It is expected that after Independence day federally funded unemployment benefit programs and payments will be cut off in these states, several months before the current end date of available extensions.

I will continue to update the table below and this article as state unemployment agencies update their systems. It is expected most states will be making these payments, including any back payments by mid-April per DOL guidelines. Some will pay out sooner rather than later, and active claimants will get paid first.

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Payment Status for PUA, PEUC and $300 FPUC Under ARP Sep 2021 Extension

(Click state link for details)
$300 Weekly FPUC for active claims? PUA Extended Weeks Applied?PEUC Extended Weeks Applied?
District of ColumbiaYYY
New HampshireYYY
New JerseyYYY
New MexicoYYN
New YorkYNN
North CarolinaYNN
North DakotaYYN
Rhode IslandYYN
South CarolinaYNN
South DakotaYYN
West VirginiaYNN

Were PUA and PEUC extended? Both PUA and PEUC programs were also extended (see details here) until September 6th, 2021. Additional weeks will cover people who have exhausted their current weeks or balance. See this article on what actions you may have to take to get these UI extensions, which will then enable you to get the $300 FPUC payment.

11-week Unemployment Extension under CAA (December 27th to March 14th)

[Update with State Payout Information] Congressional leaders and eventually President Trump have now signed into law the $900 billion second 2020 stimulus package, part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, that includes funding for extending federal pandemic programs (PUA, PEUC) and providing supplementary unemployment benefits at $300 per week for millions of unemployed or underemployed Americans. The supplementary $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) will cover 11 weeks of payments for a maximum of $3,300. Other enhanced unemployment programs like PUA and PEUC have also got additional funding that extends them to 50 weeks (vs current 39 weeks + state extensions).

Per the legislation and Department of Labor (DOL) guidelines, the funding extension will only cover the period after December 27th 2020 (or week ending January 2nd, 2021) and run for 11 weeks, until March 14, 2021. It won’t be paid after this date. Like the original $600 FPUC program (in effect till July 31st 2020) the new $300 FPUC payment only has a $1 minimum threshold, which is different to the $100 for the LWA program. See more in this recent $300 FPUC video summary or State Payment Tracker.

FAQs with the $300 Unemployment Payment

  • Will the unemployment payments be retroactive? Yes, to the start of the extension coverage period. The new $300 FPUC payments and program extensions will be effective from the week ending January 2nd, 2021 for 11 weeks. The FPUC program expires on March 14, 2021. There is no phaseout period until April 10th, 2021 for FPUC (unlike PUA or PEUC) for additional payments to be made after the expiry date. The Biden administration would have to pass additional funding to cover any additional payments after the March 14th, 2021 expiry date. Given that state UI agencies will likely take a few weeks to roll this payment out, payments to the beginning of the program (week ending January 2nd, 2021) will be retroactive. See more on how retroactive UI payments would work under the new funding for these programs.
  • Do I need to earn a minimum (e.g $100) to get the new $300 unemployment stimulus? The requirement to get the $300 FPUC in 2021 is the same as the original $600 FPUC, which ended back in July 2020. Which is that your job loss was due to COVID and you were eligible for at least $1 of unemployment in your state (including under PUA or PEUC) The $300 LWA program had a different minimum of $100 UI but that was a different program using FEMA funding with different rules. As long as you qualify for $1 of unemployment between Dec 26th and March 14th, you will get the $300 FPUC payment.
  • Will my existing claim balance rollover or will new weeks of eligibility be added if I have exhausted my balance? The PEUC and PUA programs have been extended by 11 more weeks (from the 39 week base, which some states had extended further). So if you have remaining weeks there is now funding for those through March 14th, 2021. So your balance should rollover and you will also get the supplementary $300 payment during the extension period. If you have exhausted your current 39 week balance, you will get an extra 11 weeks under the unemployment extension. But this would only be starting from December 27th, 2020. After March 14, 2021, new claimants will no longer be permitted to apply for PUA benefits, but eligible individuals who were receiving PUA benefits as of that date will continue to receive benefits until week beginning April 5, 2021 until their claim balance is exhausted. Weekly certification will be required.
  • Do I need to take any action to be paid the $300 FPUC? Per DOL guidelines you won’t have to to take any additional action to receive this supplemental payment from your state UI agency. Just continue to file your claim each week for the unemployment benefit you are currently receiving and the supplementary payment will be added to that (including retroactive back payments) once your state agency updates their systems to make this payment. While many states have confirmed they are paying the $300, the challenge for may who have exhausted their benefits prior to December 27th is that unless they can re-apply and confirm qualification for the PUA or PEUC program extensions they cannot get this payment either. See this article for a discussion on this issue.
  • How will the $300 extra unemployment be paid? Like the $300 LWA and $600 FPUC, states will pay this out so dependent on their processing times. As we have seen, some states are much more efficient than others at paying out. But any payments will be retroactive to the start of the program. The good news is that because the criteria is like the original FPUC program (just half the weekly amount), state UI agencies should have their systems ready to make this payment asap.
  • Were PUA and PEUC extended? Both PUA and PEUC programs were also extended (see details here) for 11 weeks covering people till April 10th, 2021 (includes phaseout period). Additional weeks will cover people who have exhausted their current weeks or balance. Any additional weeks will still need to be approved and job loss needs to be due to COVID. See this article on what actions you may have to take to get these UI extensions.

I will continue to update the above as additional details are provided by state unemployment agencies and the table below is a state-by-state tracker of the $300 FPUC payment by various states.

PUA, PEUC and $300 FPUC Weekly Unemployment Payment Status

(Click state link for details)
Payment Status, Dates and Roll-out Schedule
AlabamaJanuary 6th - Paying benefits to active claimants and those who have exhausted benefits and eligible for extended coverage period.
AlaskaNo update as of Jan 11th. Still waiting to implement DOL guidelines for UI extension
ArizonaStarting the Week of January 3rd
ArkansasNo update as of Jan 21th. DOL guidelines have been provided, but the state UI agency (ADWS) has provided very limited updates (last one of Jan 7th) and is presumably in the middle of updating their state UI systems to process payments. Until that time, they are asking folks to hold questions and refrain from calling their local offices or Hotline with questions regarding the extensions or changes. Claimants will receive notices with information specific to their UI claim status.
CaliforniaJan 3rd (for active claimants with with regular UI or FED-ED extension ) and Jan 10th (for those also getting extended PUA, PEUC)
ColoradoCDLE still updating systems to process $300 and PUA/PEUC extensions. (estimated end of January)
ConnecticutClaimants will begin receiving payment upon filing their claims beginning on Jan 3, 2021. (source: CDOL)
DelawareJanuary 4th, 2021
District of ColumbiaDES is still updating systems to process $300 and PUA/PEUC extensions (estimated end of January)
FloridaJanuary 12, paying out claims. DEO also says it’s still working on implementing the continuation of PEUC and PUA for claimants who had exhausted benefits (may see delays in $300 payment for this group)
GeorgiaJanuary 2nd (for active claimants getting regular UI). Those on State Extended Benefits (SEB) and PEUC claims will get $300FPUC released after 01/12/21. PUA and PEUC claimants have exhausted benefits should not file a new claim, but should continue to request weekly payments via UI portal. Once GDOL updates systems they will make back payments for eligible weeks.
HawaiiJan 11th, Paying active PUA claimants that have certified eligible claims for the week ending Jan 2nd, 2021. Eligible claimants that can certify claims on Sunday, Jan 9 for the week ending Jan 8th will also have their claims processed, including $300 FPUC. (HDOL)
IdahoStarting the week ending Jan 2, 2021
IllinoisConfirmed January 7th. Paying from the week ending Jan 2, 2021 for all programs
IndianaDWD began paying the additional $300 available through CAUWA on regular UI claims on Jan. 8, 2021 (still to pay those who have need to reapply for extended coverage period)
IowaJanuary 15th (Estimated)
KansasNo payments as of Jan 12th, official update is they are still updating systems based on DOL guidance
KentuckyNo payments as of Jan 12th, official statement is “We are going to have to, with the new CARES Act, go in and reprogram because they (the federal government) changed, once again, who qualifies for this extra $300."
LouisianaPaying all benefits now. Per the Louisiana Works website, you can start or reopen a claim for unemployment insurance now to get the extension coverage. If you already have an active unemployment claim, just continue the weekly claim certification process. If you have already filed an unemployment claim due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), you do NOT need to call the LWC. Login and check your Message Center for important details.
MaineWeek Jan 2nd (active claims): Week of Jan 10th ( Claimants who had exhausted their PUA benefits including or prior to Dec. 26); Jan 17th (Claimants who had exhausted their original PEUC benefits including or prior to Dec. 26) (source: Maine DOL)
MarylandJanuary 5th
MassachusettsJanuary 6th. The additional $300 was added to weekly benefit payments for the week ending Jan 2nd. PUA claimants will receive their FPUC payments beginning Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 (retro to Jan 2nd)
MichiganFrom January 12th (for those getting regular/EB unemployment). From Jan 17th for PUA and PEUC claimants with active and remaining claim balances as of Dec 27th, 2020 Those PUA and PEUC claimants who had exhausted benefits prior to Dec 26th have to wait till programs/systems are update to file/reopen claims. No action and need to wait for updates from Michigan UIA.
MinnesotaStarting the Week of January 3rd
MississippiStarting the Week of January 3rd
MissouriJanuary 18th for regular UI/EB recipients only. PUA and PEUC recipients are still waiting. Keep certifying if have an active claim balance. (Source : MO Division of Employment Security (DES))
MontanaJanuary 5th - added to recipient’s state weekly benefit amount (source: Montana DOL)
NebraskaJanuary 8th, 2021
NevadaJanuary 6th (active claimants). Those who exhausted benefits will have to wait until system updates are done to reopen PUA/PEUC claims (expected end of Jan)
New HampshireJanuary 5th (Source : NHES)
New JerseyNJ DOL experiencing delays and challenges in implementing $300 payment. Those currently collecting UI, PUA & PEUC will see $300 FPUC hit accounts from Jan 19th (estimated) and towards late Jan/early Feb for those who exhausted benefits prior to December 27th and need to reopen/refile for extended coverage. (See details in this video)
New MexicoJanuary 18th (estimated)
New YorkStarting the Week of January 3rd
North CarolinaJanuary 6th (active claimants)
North DakotaStill making update to systems for PUA and PEUC recipients. ND Job Service expects to roll this out by the end of Jan 2020 (including retroactive payments)
OhioODJFS is issuing FPUC payments as of 01/16/201 for those with active PUA, PEUC and Regular UI claims and who can certify. Those who had exhausted PUA or PEUC benefits won't receive the $300 until they can file claims following system updates that will only happen in February. All claimants will eventually receive all benefits they are eligible for.
OklahomaJan 7th for active claimants and PUA/PEUC claimants who had NOT exhausted benefits as of Dec 27th. OK OESC estimates that starting on January 25th will starting pay out the $300 federal compensation to all remaining claimants. (source: OESC)
OregonJanuary 7th, 2021 (active claimants)
PennsylvaniaStarting from Tues., January, 12 (for regular UC and EB recipients). PUA and PEUC programs are being updated to allow the extended payments to be applied for existing and newly eligible claimants. Do not file a new claim and await for instructions from PA L&I DOL
Rhode IslandStarting the Week of January 3rd
South CarolinaJanuary 9th
South DakotaJanuary 13th
TennesseeStarting the Week of January 3rd
TexasJanuary 7th (regular UI). Texas TWC still updating systems for individuals unable to request payment due to having exhausted their (PUA, PEUC, EB) claims prior to Dec 26th, TWC will send them updated information once system updates have been made - no action needed now.
UtahJan 7th - Paying to Regular UI and PUA claimants. PEUC claimants to start later in January (source: Utah DWS)
VermontJanuary 11th; New PUA claimants must complete an initial application for benefits before filing a weekly claim. Individuals in regular UI have already been able to file for the PEUC extension, which went live on January 3rd. Existing PUA and PEUC can file weekly claims to receive the $300 payment. (Source : Vermont DOL)
Virginia01/08/2021 for UI and PEUC. The target date for implementation is 01/14/2021 for PUA with active claims/balances. PUA and PEUC claimants who exhausted benefits before 12/27 will only be able to reopen/reactivate claims after 1/29/2021, due to to delays in system updates by VEC.
WashingtonWill issue payment for the first two weeks on Jan. 15, 2021 (source: ESD WA)
West VirginiaStarting the Week of January 3rd for all eligible recipients. You will need to reopen claim if had a gap in your filing and exhausted benefits before 12/26/20 and your initial claim year has not ended. (see WV instructions)
WisconsinStarted from January 15th (active claimants).
WyomingJanuary 16th

[Earlier update] Assuming 16 weeks is the correct duration for the supplementary unemployment benefits and that the proposed plan would provide extra payments until the end of of March 2021, one can infer that the benefit payments would be retroactive to the beginning of December 2020. This is around three months after the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program ended (week of September 5th in most states). Though some states like Nevada are still pending payments!

The agreement in the proposed stimulus/COVID relief plan would also include an extension of the PUA and PEUC programs that covers for gig workers and independent contractors, and those eligible for unemployment benefits respectively.

Congressional aides have cautioned negotiations have been in flux a final agreement has NOT been reached. But House leaders have been tasked with crafting a bill around the proposed relief plan and further details should come out in the next few days once final agreements are reached. I’ll post updates accordingly.

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91 thoughts on “$300 Weekly FPUC Unemployment Payment Tracker and PUA/PEUC Extensions – Updates and Latest News on 25 Week Extension to September 2021 (Including Early Termination in Some States)”

  1. I have pending claims from the pandemic that I didn’t receive because I never did the I.d me so they show up as pending can I still claim that or is way too late?

  2. Hi I received my monetary eligibility on February 7 2021 but I had to wait to speak to adjudication I finally spoke to them on October 15th 2021 and I was informed about the extra federal benefits being retroactively paid I started receiving my regular monetary of $215.00 in November but haven’t received any of those retroactive extra federal benefits do you think I will still receive them…

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  4. “Your claim has expired, and benefits are no longer payable on this claim for weeks ending after 11/07/2020. If you are still unemployed or partially unemployed, you must reapply for unemployment benefits.” This message populates on my “home” page and “certify” for benefits page. I received PEUC benefits for both the cares act and the executive order by Donald Trump. Each time I had to take no action because I was automatically enrolled. I received a message about automatic enrollment, and the EDD suggested no action was required on my part to apply for these (PEUC) benefits. The EDD has not sent me a similar message for Biden’s American rescue plan 2021. Should I reapply like the message on my “Home” and “Certify” page instructs?

    • What state are you in? If you are PEUC in FL, then your BYE date should already be changed, and will be replenished automatically with or without exhausting your balance. But that’s FL.

      • YAY! My BYE date was extended to Sept 4th… the 25 week extension of benefits not posted at this time… I’m due to claim weeks tomorrow… I’ll see what happens…

  5. Andy, I wrote a comment/question the other day, but have received no answer, so I will try again.
    I live in Illinois, and like many other PUA recipients, I received an email from IDES (IL Dept of Employment Security) last week that my PUA benefits had reached the maximum of 50 weeks, and thus I will receive NO PUA benefits as of the week of 2/21/21.
    My first question is: given the above cutoff of my PUA benefits, will I be INELIGIBLE, or ELIGIBLE for the new EXTENSION of jobless benefits passed today by the U.S. Senate as part of President’s Biden $1.9 trillion Relief bill?
    Second question: is my ineligibility for PUA “permanent”….or can I RE-APPLY for, and “start the clock running again” for PUA benefits, and if so, as of WHEN, and HOW?
    I will greatly appreciate a direct response to my email address, and I don’t know how to monitor your web site and find the answers that way.

      • Your response referenced the PREVIOUS $300 per week benefit, running from January to March of 2021. Is any information available yet on the NEW $300 per week jobless benefit included in the $1.9 Trillion Relief bill passed by the Senate on 3/6/21, specifically if that new benefit will be available to many PUA recipients in Illinois who received an email this week that they had reached the maximum 50 weeks of PUA benefits, and thus their PUA would be STOPPED as of the week of 1/21/21?

  6. Was their not a deadline date specified in the COVID Economic Relief bill that states when every state is required to have their computer systems updated with the implementation of all programs that were extended? Isn’t that in essence a law? I’m in Illinois and still no PEUC (extension) payments as of 01/30/21. It’s mind boggling how long it’s taking to extend PEUC since there already was this benefit program last summer/fall. I exhausted my initial PEUC benefits in mid December and am waiting patiently for the 11 week extension to be implemented. Geesh!

    • I live in KY I’ve only received one payment of 352dollars I’ve been out of work since May 15 2020 I’ve asked for help and received none my phone number is 6062786716 I beg someone to back date my claim get me the 600 dollars a week cares act moneys and give me my regular payment so I can take care of my family and piled up bills I cannot provide and or pay due to covid 19….. please contact me

      • You must keep calling and never give up. Also leave messages using the contact us button on ui online. If you cat get through call your local council members and tell them they may ask for some info but they will help you. What ever you do do not give up. It will go through and you will get it all back in a lump sum.

      • You must keep calling and never give up. Also leave messages using the contact us button on ui online. If you cat get through call your local council members and tell them they may ask for some info but they will help you. What ever you do do not give up. It will go through and you will get it all back in a lump sum. P.S. look up backdated my claim on YouTube follow the instructions! You must do that to get it backdated. God bless you and your family I hope this helps!

  7. Hi my name is Michelle Reis I’m on regular unemployment and I’m just wondering why the pandemic would get their money this week and not the regular unemployment I don’t think that’s fair whatsoever I think everybody should get it at one time and my claims are not laugh so I don’t know why unemployment the regular traditional would not get it this week are we receiving our extra money this week or do we have to wait ?

  8. I recently got approved for TN unemployment under the PUA section. On my dashboard it says payment date is 1/10/2021 (today) but there isn’t any money on my debit card. I called customer service to the Way2Go card they can issue you to receive unemployment but I’m not in the system as having a card issued. I set my unemployment up to be direct deposited. Can anyone help me figure this out?

    • Did you claim your weeks today, or yesterday? For most people, when your dashboard says your claim has been processed, and money issued- it takes a day or two to show up in your bank account.

    • Yes I can tell you that I saw it said my money was paid but it actually was not yet few days later it popped up on my text saying it was deposited and transfered into my account. However it took a few days longer for the transfer s to go through and then I noticed that not all the money had transfered. So I tried to transfer it. It said I had to call to do that. So I did call the number on my card.i found I could not transfer the rest because there was a $5,000 a week transfer limit. So all is good my dear. Just hold tight its coming! GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS!

  9. why is florida always one of the last to get their benefits. we didnt even get all of the lwa bc it tookbflorida so long to apply. remove desantis.

  10. How sad. I left a post last time I was here. I’m so low on the totem pole…even that didn’t show up. Smh… Not even gonna bother. At least my mate got his lil $61 a wk times 20 wks here in Misery….Missouri

  11. I’m in Indiana and for my daughter and myself we have both lost our jobs in March 2020 due to covid-19 and we both have child home we are now caring for one is school aged and with health condition and the other not even 2 yet … But, this past Sunday we both went to file for our weekly claim on unemployment web site thinking we have to file but probably will take a week or 2 befornwe see the money start rolling in .. never sisnwe think there would be no vouchers to file on anyone else have the same issue ? Here it is late Monday night and still nothing … I can’t seem to find any information anywhere about this. If anyone knows anything about this please share … Not sure what the deal is but, very confused and worried why this happinging.. we both have expired claims there is still money in our remaing balance. Thank

    • My name is Robert and my situation was same. I knew when I certified and was paid dec 20 was final payment. So the next Sunday came and as u thought, file and couple weeks it’ll start back. Well after lengthy articles read and phone conversation to local unemployment office, we are in the same boat.the system read ineligible for benefits. So if you did see a notification to recertify do it. If system allows you to certify do it. But for those weeks the states system will need to be fully updated to receive funds. So if you remember back to when president Trump sign the 300$ a week for 6 weeks of LWA program, that time it took for your payment for that should be same. Remember that what funds you have been getting has been funded by the federal government, but they allowed the state to pay it. So the system recognizes it as just uc benefits expired, even though we know the feds funded that, it came from the state. So know you have us claimants out in the dark. Be rest assured once your states system is told to reactivate those claimants that exhausted benefits you’ll start getting paid again so depends on ur state just be patient

    • I just read this: For many PUA claimants, the PUA program will conclude the week ending March 13, 2021. However, claimants who are receiving PUA during the week ending March 13, 2021 and have not yet exhausted their 57 weeks of benefits will be able to claim PUA through the week ending April 10, 2021.
      I don’t know if that kind of answers your question but I feel your anxiety. I also read this regarding the additional $300 :
      Provides 11 weeks of an additional $300 weekly benefit to eligible claimants.
      A claimant must be eligible through a separate unemployment program to receive FPUC.
      FPUC will be available for weeks of unemployment between the week ending January 2, 2021 and the week ending March 13, 2021. FPUC is not retroactive.
      It’s not retroactive but the clock has ALREADY been cut down to 9 weeks as of today! The President took a week to sign the bill so that cut the 11 weeks down to 10 and now it’s taking so long to get the funds that we just lost another week I read that PUA is retroactive but I just don’t get how the $300 isn’t! It’s not our fault it’s taking them so long to get us the money! They have all of our info and like you, I never stopped claiming weekly, just in case. My ONLY hope is that this extension into April, if we still have funds available after the March 2021 cut off date, will include the weeks from January 2 until we finally get some money!
      I can’t even put food on my table, literally, first and foremost and then I’m behind in rent, but I’m not as worried about that imminently because I will pay that off slowly when we do. What I’m concerned with is my credit. I have always had awful credit but I had been giving it my all to raise my score in order to get out of my mice infested, old, falling apart at the seems apartment! I believe that I need at least a 600 for most and I have gotten it from 520 to 570 in just 2 months so any missing payments will just ruin all my hard work and I will be stuck here forever!

  12. I’m on pua but when I log in theres no new week file to claim… Do i call the pua or wait till it update or do i have to reapply ?

  13. Sorry to appear dense, but after researching FL Connect system in it’s entirely, and the original FL Deo site- there is nothing specifically set up for those having been receiving FPUC and PUA, that looks “reapply-ish”. I can’t imagine the FL dept of unemployment wants to be inundated with millions of new applicants, who are actually current, or just recently as of Dec 26th become ineligible. I have also read that ” your state will contact you”….I kind’ve doubt that, too. Someone suggested I see if I have a “new balance” on my claimant ID page. I don’t. It says $0.00. I have a bad feeling about this. Even worse feeling when I think about attempting to get some help on the phone tomorrow. Ha! I will be waiting for a miracle!

  14. Why are they not retro activating the $300 dollar payments back to Sep.5th, 2020 and then paying us tell March or April, 2021 the extra $300 extra payments?

  15. Im a U.S. NAVY VET SALUTE BUT I dont kno wat part of the country you live in but here in northeast we are starving there were no jobs the country was on lickdown for months THEVFEDERAL GOVT SOLD WOLF TICKETS holding peoples money showing accounts with money in it but not releasing it, the stimulous checks misded abiut 50% of people including me that fell through the cracks now my state jus resantly open again i couldnt work jobs were inpanic again they cut my 249$ 0ff oct. 2020 no email no follow up or NOTHING THE FED GOVT FAILED AND STILL ARE ARGUING ANGDplaying with our lives and yes IT IS MY OT OUR MONEY IF WE ARE SMERUCANS AND SPEND INTO ECOMNOMY TAXES AND WORKING WAGES WHY ISNT IT OURS then who is it? Tell me UNITED STATES FAILED UNEMPLOYMENT STATES LOCALLY AND IN D.C. I KNO PEOPLE WAITING RIGHT NOW FOR THERE FIRST PAY INSTALLMENT 80% OF AMERICANS STRUGGLE TWO JOBS EA UN A HOUDRHOLD AND OAY IT BACK OUT EACH YEAR SO WEN AN WORLD EPIDEMIC HIYS YOU DAMN RIGHT ITS MY MONEY AND ANY OTHER WORKING AMERICAN!!!!

    • You have earned the right to collect every damn penny that you are eligible for. It could have and should have been much more like back up to the 600.00 per week federal money but super Rich Republican Senators like Mich McConnell shut it down before it even got to The floor in the Senate. He’s Head scumbag in Washington…have you ever seen him??
      He even looks like a grimy old guy, I didn’t think Kentucky could keep such a dirt merchant in their state..he has more power that president in many ways and is much Worse.
      Btw, you should be very proud of your service and decisions…

  16. Do I need to reapply for PUA benefits again even if I had an existing claim with an existing balance on December 26th? I had just been approved for PUA at the beginning of November ….i log onto my connect page everyday and there is no information telling me what to do…

    • No , don’t have to if you can still log in on your account. If you can not confirm and answer questions for this week, then reapply ASAP!
      You should be able to just login and answer the questions in the action center… Good luck!

    • My state has a notice for pua that we are not to reapply because the system was setup with an end date of dec 26th so the program thinks that the funding is done. PA says they are waiting for guidance from the feds as to what needs to be done. The remaining balance doesn’t matter because your payout period is your payout period for pua. Regular unemployment is the only program that continues on because in pa as long as the unemployment numbers are above a certain percentage they give additional weeks in 13 wk blocks. I too hate how that mcconnell says people shouldn’t need 2000$ or extra 600$ uc benefits. He lives in fairytale land. I also see that some states treat their unemployed taxpayers like crap. There may not have been such a problem if there wasn’t so much fraud amongst the pua claims across the usa. I live in phila pa and people in my neighborhood who have never worked got lump sum payments upwards of 10, 15 and 20 grand. It’s sickening. Those are the people who ruin the programs for legitimately unemployed persons.

      • That is the same here in ohio my husband worked everyday for years he is 61 now and I no people that got that money and did nothing right with it and never worked a day in their lives and my husband has to drive a crappy car and keep a roof over us and these people get their money first and lots of it really come on

    • I saw where you need to click on your claim number and it will take you to the certify questions for the weeks before December 26th. Log on and go to the page where you normally see the Alert to click on and certify. On that page look for your claim number and click on it, the certify link will be there.

      • Can I ask what state you are from? Trying to figure out the absolute Hot Mess my claim is in. How did you figure that out, by the way? The scariest part about filing,for me, is the powerlessness of no directions, and no one to ask when I’m logged in. No one to help me navigate. Phones were down today in FL- only recordings. Not that workers are readily available , but at least there is hope if you are on hold. Thanks for any additional help!

    • I know that the Massachusetts.gov website says, No, you don’t need to reapply and like the individual said previously ⬆️, it would be senseless and too much work to go through screening people, who, just before Christmas when they ended it, were eligible. My weekly portal for claiming never shut down but I don’t think that you need to worry about being eligible. My only concern is WHEN because that extra 11 weeks is now down to 9!

  17. As Americans we have a tendancy to call money we have not earned “MY MONEY.” The sense of entitlement is what is so wrong with our GREAT NATION (I served in the Marine Corps for 8 years, so don’t question my love for Country and Corps.) I agree the entitled politicians who take the two month break, because they are entitled to it, while Americans are closing business, losing Unemployment benefits is nausiating. However,  I whole heartedly believe the same people with their hands out saying “give me my money” would have undoubtably done the same thing if they were “ENTITLED” to a paid break. People haven’t been to parts of Africa, the Middle East, EurAsia, or other horrible places, and I understand that, but read a book, do some research of you’re own instead of watching talking heads with an agenda. I have met people who are 6th generation welfare families in the US. This is the Greatest Country because we once took pride in what those Stars and Strip stand for, our nation does try and look out for those that need help. But we will lose the title of “Greatest Nation” in short time because more and more people abuse the system and programs in place to help the truly needy. The politicians get theirs no mater what so instead of waiting on money you are so blessed to get at all try breaking the cycle. Be the solution not the problem.


    • Excellent and spot on Derek , this thing of giving all this money to foreign countries is outrageous, How many small businesses could have been started or helped with this money, I haven’t done the math as in the total of what was given outside our country compared to what was given to the citizens of the USA , my lord we’re giving over a million to count some type of fish , it’s ridiculous and the same antics they shoved down our throats for decades, I could go on and on .

    • Oh please… as you collect under the GI Bill, School monies and other compensation you are “ENTITLED” to as a vet! From AMERICANS hard earned tax dollars! I KNOW because my Son is a Vet Marine Corp!
      Don’t sit high and look low because hard times could be around the corner for YOU! Try being laid off, exhaust your savings to avoid the welfare line THEN have the state screw ups take their time in getting things done.

  18. My question is this: when I look at my Connect page on my profile, here in FL, my claim status now says “ineligible” I suppose because my assistance expired on Dec 26th. Do I need to reapply, or does the federal government rightly assume I am still out of work? I’d like to get started on doing whatever I need to sooner rather than later.

    Does someone know what I should do? Thanks for any wisdom.

    • Continue to file weekly even though that’s what it says and they should automatically retroactively update your payments but you have to continue to file weekly hope this helps….. Tammy Z from Mass

      • Thanks for taking the time to reply! Do you think everyones’ says “ineligible”? Also, I don’t see why I would be sent weeks to claim, if I am classified as such. I will just wait and see.

      • How do I know if I can still get my benfits …I had EB and it was cut off back in Nov but still had money left to draw…and If I can how do I find it on line to fill out weekly benfits…I had contact my local office and they told me I had to do it from online..Thanks

  19. The government is Corrupt it’s been four months all I do is plan ways to line their pockets with the Peoples money I’ve been working since I was 14 all we do is pay our taxes to the government and all they do is line of fricking pockets with it I feel sorry for all the families out there

    • I live in Virginia and have been filing through the PUA. I have filed for 8 straight weeks now. I have spoken to the VEC last Friday and today which is Monday. Do this and I will assure you, you will get a call back. The trick not to wait until 8:15am to call. At 8:14am dian the number, go through the prompts and it will pick up your number and ask you if you need an interpreter and if not press nine and someone will call you back the same day but make sure that you answer the phone when they call you back and then you can talk to a live person and get your problem solved. I was told to continue to file my claim through PUA or just call Lynn every Sunday because the PUA system is still not fully updated to wire it can take the issue off of your claim and release your money. If you wait until 8:15 AM to start your call it will take about four minutes to go through the prompts and by then it’s too late they will start telling you that all agents are busy so make sure at precisely 8:14 AM you dial the number and go through the prompts and that away you will be able to get a call back. Good luck and I hope everyone that reads this do the same at 8:14 AM and they all should be able to get a call back.

  20. Diane,Yes! I live in Nevada,there was supposed to be an extra $300 a week,if you already were getting over 100 dollars.I saw it a few time,then,nothing,Where is it??????Or should I say,who has it? I held on the phone for over an hour with unemployment,NO Answer!!! Somethings rotten in Nevada.

  21. Is it true (in the above text) that in order to qualify for PEUC additional weeks in the new stimulus package, job loss needs to be due to covid? That was never part of the original PEUC. It was only a precondition of PUA and the temporary extra $300 that were moved from the FEMA budget to extra unemployment by Pres. Trump after the original $600 had expired.
    I hope that was a mistake/misprint? I lost my job due to an office closure, not covid. Covid has made it almost impossible to find another job but is not the cause of my job loss.

  22. I have mixed emotions about all of what’s happened and happening still. People all over the world are sick and dieing and as much as I am thank full for unemployment money I am very upset that it took this long to figure out that we the people are in deep crap and need help now. We deserve retro payments and they were promised if passed. I would say $600 a week was probably too much but one half is not fair by all means. I personally got sick with the virus and almost died and I didn’t get the bulk payment that alot of people got that don’t work but that’s done now. All I can say is I hope Biden has the guts to fight for the promises that he has made and makes things better for everyone and they can end this virus for good soon. Believe me I am someone who knows that it is real and it’s not anything anyone wants ever. Good luck and happy Holliday’s to everyone. Wear your masks and don’t give up hope . Thanks G. Davis San Diego CA.

    • Well said, Glen Davis. And so happy to know that you beat the virus and made it through! God bless you and Yes I will continue to wear mask. We can never get relax and stop wearing mask. Again, thank you for your comments and have a happy safe holiday!

    • Biden will do it. Especially if Georgia elects 2 Democratic senators on January 5th making an aid bill a helluva lot easier to pass through Congress.

  23. Dee from vegas:(
    where do I even begin, Nevada has damn near killed us. We are barely getting the lwa payments. Their system is older than when the dinosaurs roamed the valley. Not to mention you wake up in your weekly benefits not even in the account. They just tell us oops there’s a issue delaying the payment but don’t tell us the issues. Now this $300 won’t be retroactive that doesn’t make any sense! I feel for all you guys who have kids, I’m a single 29-year-old man lost my career, second job everything. All we can do is keep staying strong. The illusion is over, if we learn anything about 2020. America got to be one of the worst countries ever. Mask up Stay vigilant and happy holiday

  24. Like many of you. I have been waiting on retroactive payments just to catch up and stay afloat. But once again THE AMERICAN GOVERMENT HAS FAILED US AGAIN. They act as if the new B.S. of a COVID-19 Package is something to be proud of but it is not. It is truly sad that adults could not come up with a better compromise months ago. But, why should they be concerned when their children are feed, clothe, housed and secure for christmas.

  25. We need retroactive payments my daughter and husbands son has autism. Its very hard to stay a float. We have 5 kids that won’t be having a happy Christmas because bills took all of our money plus more. Please make payments retroactive we lost so much and are behind so much. I find myself tearing up everyday thinking about Christmas and sad faces when no Christmas presents under our small tree. We do have a roof over our head and little food. Kids eat more than you think. Sorry to complain just rough times. Thank you for all the help.

    • Hello Sandra,

      My heart goes out to you and I’m in hopes this will help in a big way. Last week I volunteered at the Mission in Arlington. I am in Texas but wherever you may be I just wanted to share there may be a charitable organization that is there to help family’s in need for Christmas gifts for their children. We had put together two large rooms filled with brand new gifts for ages 1 month to 17 years of age. I had huge bags and directed them in age appropriate ares to choose from an array of awesome free toys for their children. I assisted family’s from 1 to 7 children and it was truly a blessing to be able to serve these families and put hope in their hearts and a huge smile on their face. Once selection was done we also had a large room of gift wrappers, then just before they left there was an extra gift bag we gave out to to the family as well.

      I’m in hopes you can find an organization or charity that will be able to help you to have a nice Christmas for your children. I can remember a situation I was in for two Christmas’s where I had no money for gifts myself raising my oldest son. The best I could do was string popcorn, make ornaments out of construction part, contain balls, and glitter. My Modest beginnings make my heart bleed for how so many families are in that same situation, try to hold your head up dear. Our government has dropped the ball on us yet again as far as helping the American people. That $300 addition to UI should be retroactive and hopefully Trump will push his weight to get it done. I believe is was in that executive order he issued and they are ignoring that. Then give us half of what we previously sent out. Total bs taken this long to get anything passed. Govt makes me ill. They earn 6 plus figures a year, sit around arguing all day for months not getting anything accomplished. That is where our tax dollars go. I wish they would pass a forgiveness to all college students who end up with $50K to over $100K in debt when they graduate. Both my sons are two that got hit hard to them. My youngest has $55K and his wife has $42K. That’s $97K that’s hovering over their heads. I could go on about my disappointment in our government but I’m quite sure your feelings align with mine.

      God Bless you and your family. I pray your Christmas and New Year will be better!!!

  26. The government promised a new stimulus bill after the CARES ACT expired and its been roughly 3-4 months since then. Absolutely ridiculous. On top of that this new bill wont be retroactive? Are you kidding me? They should have had a bill passed 3-4 months ago but they havent because theyve been playing politics. Thats around $5,000 I could have recieved if they were to have passed a stimulus package immediately after the CARES ACT expired. Meanwhile the whole time theyve been teasing us. Never putting my trust in this government again.

  27. Well its definitely a clearly edge of my life experience.
    My PUA and PEUC stopped over 15 weeks ago.
    I’m a self employed Expat. First year i haven’t been able to use my passport in 30 years…. I only make $$ when over seas average 10 months a year..
    Not only did i pay state and federal taxes back in Mar. 2020 for 2019 just less 3k.
    I depleted savings and checking down to a few dollars. (help)
    Now here’s the good news this month, past due as of 12/18
    Property taxes,school, county bla,bla $$$$$
    Home owners Ins $$
    House bills ect,
    My street is Ba Hum Bug no lights and trees in my hood…
    So if i seem off center , hold on,,
    300 a week plus state and the 1200 we all suppose to received early this year. They missed my house, so i don’t think Santa will visit my house with 600orso stimulus check..
    HO HO HO, beem me up Lord…..
    sad government we have , cant even plan a simple 900B PACKAGE,,,, PELOSER, AND all the rein kissing ASS miserable bag of puke,
    they cant even coordinate there way threw a wet paper bag.
    All my broke COVID-19 partners

  28. I think my biggest concern of all of this is our past experience with the state of Nevada. How long will the state need to “update” their system to get the unemployment to us after passed and once updated will they piecemeal the payments like they did FEMA payments, along with “oooops we ran out our your money” toward the end. I have zero faith this State will do the honorable thing.

    • Diane,Yes! I live in Nevada,there was supposed to be an extra $300 a week,if you already were getting over 100 dollars.I saw it a few time,then,nothing,Where is it??????Or should I say,who has it? I held on the phone for over an hour with unemployment,NO Answer!!! Somethings rotten in Nevada.

  29. What a joke. I have worked ever since I was 15 years old. We haven’t received stimulus since September. They think this is all fun and games and political hoopla. NO!!!!!!!! Real people’s lives and families are crumbling!!!!! My neighbors are getting cars repoed, and evicted. It is unbelievably heartbreaking, and seriously I am at a loss for words. I will probably be next. I can’t believe how bad the government screwed us. Seriously it is just disgusting.

  30. Yea I am having the worst Christmas ever. I have two children and got scammed for a Christmas present for one of them. Made a dispute with the b.s bank that unemployment is connected to in my state — US BANK. And they froze my card two weeks ago. What a joke!!! Cant access my last two payments of my b.s $195 a week. And it isn’t unemployment… its the stupid bank they are connected to. Unbelievable… Merry Christmas to me right? Called twice and the lady is telling me to upload all these documents. Funny …. I have gotten 39 weeks of money and now you want me to upload proof of who I am for a $115 dispute? UNBELIEVABLE WHAT BANKS DO TO PPL!!! I was warned by multiple people that they are b.s. Oh yea and by the way the rich politicans enjoy your wealth!! while all of us Americans suffer. My poor children cant even have food in the pantry now. Forget Christmas…. I cant even access $1 of my money. I will most likely loss my apartment soon and be on the streets

  31. Stay positive, it will happen for all of us in need and when Biden gets in he will take care of everything else for us. GOOD LUCK TO YOU

  32. I can relate to you Shawna. I get $166 a week and have 3 small kids. Nine days before Christmas my car is about to get repossessed and I haven’t been able to buy not one Christmas gift for my kids. It’s not fair that i have to expect my children to just understand why mommy cant afford Christmas while all of their friends will be talking about what they got. I hope the Congress enjoys there fancy holiday celebrations….. yes im bitter.

  33. No stimulus check and now the extra $300 is not retroactive. How do you expect us to get back on our feet. I hope you Politicians enjoy your nice warm mansions this Christmas while we will be homeless and starving,

    • Get a job like the rest of us that worked all year and made less money than those on unemployment!! Every one is looking for help stop depending on the government’s assistance.

  34. I don’t have much hope that this will come through. As someone who is already behind in rent, and with credit cards in collections due to my sad $233 a week payout, I anticipate that many others will be facing eviction like I am. I only have one more week of PUA. My heart goes out to all of you.
    Also, how cruel is it that this is happening to hundreds of thousands of people during the holiday season? I hope the politicians enjoy their nice break while people are kicked out of their homes with no resources.

    • Congress looks to be reaching agreement on $900 bn bill. The two controversial issues are around state funding and liability protections are being moved to another bill. So that’s why I am more optimistic.

      • What a joke from 1.9 trillion to 900 billion is a joke and if utopia want to be honest about this package it’s reall 400 billion because the other500 billion is leftover money from last package! This people should be ashamed of themselves! All this time for this, it’s like a slap in the face!


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