Will I Automatically Get The New Unemployment Benefits Extension for PEUC and PUA and Extra $300 Weekly Stimulus Payment With a Remaining or Exhausted Claim Balance

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The short answer to the title of this article is Maybe. But like the earlier extensions there are some constraints to be aware of under the September 2021 unemployment extensions funded under $1.9 trillion Biden Stimulus package. The final bill funded another 25 weeks of unemployment benefit extensions for millions of jobless Americans via the main enhanced unemployment programs with key dates shown in the table below.

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Will I need to reapply for these benefits or are they automatically applied?

Like earlier extensions this will vary on state-by-state basis and on your claim status. Those who have an active claim or weeks remaining in their UI balance as of March 14th, 2021 should be able to keep certifying and have the extended weeks automatically added to their account. Those who had exhausted their benefits or had a lapse in their benefits (e.g. returned to work temporarily) will likely have to wait for notification from their state to confirm if extensions will be applied automatically or if they will require some sort of action to reactivate or reopen their claim. In either situation claimants will need to wait for their state to update their UI systems to program for the latest extension, which could be a slow process. Any missed payments due to state rollout delays will be retroactively caught up.

Once claimants start getting paid under an existing state or federally funded enhanced UI program, they also then get the $300 weekly supplementary payment (FPUC program). You can see this article for specific situations as to whether a claimant needs to take action or not to get the extended benefits.

Key Dates for PEUC, PUA and FPUC 2021 Extensions

Enhanced Unemployment ProgramMax Weeks Available in ProgramProgram Effective Start Date (limited to maximum weeks available under program)Program End Date (no new claims after this)
PUA Program79 (39 + 11 + 29*)January 27, 2020Sep 6th, 2021
PEUC Program49 (13 + 11 + 29*) March 28, 2020Sep 6th, 2021
$300 FPUC25March 14, 2021Sep 6th, 2021
$100 Mixed Earner Payment (Optional)25March 14, 2021Sep 6th, 2021
*Note - While the ARP bill noted that 29 weeks were included in the latest extension, in reality only 25 weeks are available in the coverage period that spans the week ending March 20th to September 4th.

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$900 billion COVID stimulus bill funding extensions

There are some constraints to be aware of in the recently approved $900 billion stimulus bill unemployment benefits extension as discussed below. Just to recap the legislation passed under the new stimulus bill includes the following unemployment benefits: Eleven more weeks of benefits under the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program and the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. It also includes a $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) per week supplemental payment to anyone receiving unemployment benefits from any other unemployment program during the coverage period.

Under the PEUC program states can now pay up to 24 weeks of additional unemployment benefits to individuals who have qualified for, but exhausted regular state unemployment compensation (UC). They must also be able to work, available for work, and actively seeking work assuming no Coronavirus/COVID-19 restrictions. An individual is deemed to have exhausted benefits (per DOL guidance) when no further UC payments can be made under any federal or state law because the individual has received all available regular UC based on employment or wages during such individual’s base period; or the individual’s right to such regular UC has been terminated by reason of the expiration.

PUA provides UI benefits to gig workers and others not traditionally eligible for them. Under the law, the end of the period of applicability for the PUA program extends to those weeks of unemployment ending on or before March 14, 2021. For individuals on PUA who have not exhausted their benefit eligibility of up to 50 weeks, the program also provides for continuing benefits for eligible individuals for weeks of unemployment through April 5, 2021.

PUA and PEUC was initially only payable up to the week of unemployment ending before December 31, 2020 (so the last week would be week ending Dec 26th or Dec 27th), but has now been extended under the recent COVID relief bill to March 14th, 2021. Existing claimants will have until the week beginning April 5th, 2021 to exhaust any remaining balances.

You can also see this recent Video update on if Extensions are automatic or a new/reactivated claim is needed

Will I Need to Reapply for these benefits or are they automatically applied?

This will depend on state by state basis, but those who have an active claim or have exhausted their benefits will be eligible for the enhanced unemployment benefits discussed above. State UI agencies are responsible for reaching out but given the massive spike in claims this is likely to be a slow process. Some states are automatically extending benefits (even without ongoing certification) for those whose claims have a remaining balance or claims that have recently expired due to delays in passing the stimulus legislation. For those who have not claimed UI or had a claim expire several months ago, then you will likely have to file a new claim or reactivate your existing claim (will vary on a state by state basis). You can see this article for specific situations as to whether a claimant needs to take action or not to get the extended benefits. The table below shows key dates for the extended programs.

States have now also received detailed federal guidance (via the Department of Labor) on the implementation of the stimulus-law extensions for existing UI beneficiaries. Most states like New York, Florida and California have told people who are already collecting unemployment benefits and qualify for the PEUC or PUA extension that they don’t need to reapply to receive the additional $300 FPUC payment.

Key Dates for PEUC, PUA and FPUC Programs

Enhanced Unemployment ProgramMax Weeks Available in ProgramProgram Effective Start Date (limited to maximum weeks available under program)Program End Date (no new claims after this)Payment End Date for Remaining Weeks
PUA Claims filed on or before Dec 27, 2020 (e.g. Active Claimant, getting UI benefits) 50 (39 + 11)If active agreement in place, January 27, 2020March 14, 2021April 10, 2021
PUA Claims filed after Dec 27, 2020 (e.g. New Claimants)14 (3 + 11)If agreement in place, December 1,2020 (claim effective December 6, 2020)March 14, 2021April 10, 2021
PEUC24 (13 + 11) Date of agreement - effective March 28, 2020March 14, 2021April 10, 2021
$300 FPUC11December 27th, 2020March 14, 2021N/A
$100 Mixed Earner Payment (Optional)11December 27th, 2020March 14, 2021N/A

Notes to table:
1. Table does not include extended state benefits which could mean additional weeks of PUA in certain states (e.g California which includes up to 57 weeks)
2. You can only get PUA if you don't qualify for regular UI or PEUC, so those weeks need to be excluded from maximum weeks.
3. New Claimants or those who had exhausted benefits have to apply and get their claim approved for back dating to December 1st. Otherwise they only get the new 11 week maximum under the extension funding from December 27th, 2020

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Note – Under current rules if you stop certifying for continued unemployment benefits, even for one week, your Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim becomes inactive. You must reopen your claim to request benefit payments. You can generally reopen your claim if it was filed within the last 52 weeks. If your benefit year has ended, you must file a new claim.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Extended State Benefits

Independent contractors, freelancers and gig workers who wouldn’t have qualified for claims before will be able to get the same UI benefits as those who qualify for the PEUC program. This act has loosened rules and eligibility considerably and includes:

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) – Provides at least 50 weeks of benefits for freelance, gig and contract workers who would normally NOT have been eligible for state unemployment programs. Workers who get PUA are not concurrently eligible for PEUC or Extended State Unemployment benefits. Unemployment claims for PUA will be backdated and paid retroactively to the first week during the PUA period in which an employee was unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable and unavailable to work due to COVID-19
  • Extended State Unemployment Benefits (EB)— Provides an additional 13 additional weeks of benefits when a state is experiencing high unemployment. Some states have also enacted a voluntary program to pay up to 7 additional weeks (for a total of 20 weeks maximum) during periods of extremely high unemployment. Note that extended state benefits are only available after people have collected all regular Unemployment Insurance benefits as well as any PEUC benefits they were eligible for. But if the unemployment rates drops below high unemployment thresholds in a state, the EB benefit coverage weeks may drop or cease. See the current levels of EB benefits available by state.

Many applicants with exhausted claims are getting rejected when applying for additional UIC. In this situation state agencies are asking claimants to be patient and re-apply when their systems are updated. States are also obligated to reach out to applicants eligible under the new programs, but per the information above they are so far backlogged that this may take several weeks. For those already on unemployment benefits but close to exhausting their claim period, you will just have to wait and hope your state updates is systems to automatically extend your unemployment benefit coverage.

747 thoughts on “Will I Automatically Get The New Unemployment Benefits Extension for PEUC and PUA and Extra $300 Weekly Stimulus Payment With a Remaining or Exhausted Claim Balance

  1. Massachusetts hasnt gotten it together either and mine run out in 2 weeks! Im panicking. You cant call it hangs up on you and the contact form to be contacted. I have filled it out EVERYDAY FOR 5 WEEKS.They called 1 time and I was in the shower that was 3 weeks ago. Im getting suicidal…I have severe panic disorder and with the time off and my son and his Dad in NC unable to get unemployment yet because hes self employed. Im sharing what I can to help them. I dont mind but when I run out I will be letting them down. My son…he didnt ask to be born and this is what I give him, we give him? Im not ok. Theres no help….no hope

  2. i’m not receiving the extra $600. why not? i filed my claim here in california on march 22nd 2020.

  3. Im in Calif. I filed for partial unemployment in May 2019 because my low wage job cut everyone’s hours–I don’t even remember if i received any payments– Found another job in June 2019 making good money. Laid off 3 weeks ago b/c of virus. Now EDD made me have a waiting period, which was not supposed to happen if my layoff was for the virus; and I am making half the amount on my check than I would have if it was a new claim b/c they are going by the rates I made at my crap job. Is there any way I can change it to a new claim, and shouldnt I still have the waiting period waived? EDD is impossible to reach on phone, and email gets an automated response, not a direct answer. it’s insane.

  4. I’m also in CA Edd my 26/weeks ended March 14 2020 I cannot open new claim until Sept 2020 stated on website. I’m still unemployed And believe and told by employers because of Covid 19: technically jobs started freezing up in January 2020. I cannot get any of my 6 submissions website online email response or phone help; it’s been over a month with zero income. Does anyone know if I have a chance to get the 13 auto extentions And or 600 and will they retro the funds I’ve lost? Thanks and best wishes to all. San Diego

    1. CA has not yet implemented the 13 week PUA extension.once that is done you can apply and get the retro active payments.

      1. Actually, it should fall under PEUC (Federally provided expanded benefits). The way it reads is that PUA does not come into play until the Regular benefit and the ‘Expanded’ benefit has been exhausted.

        1. I tried to apply for those extended benefits through the Peuc but me and everyone else that has an open claim but a zero balance it says we don’t qualify. I’m completely lost. It said continue requesting payment which I’ve done. I thought I would at least receive the 600 for the last two weeks I claimed before my balance was zero because I was receiving that payment and the 600 goes back to March 29th or something. I haven’t even received that. My claim year isn’t over untill October 31st of this year. Also that Peuc is supposed to be for those who wouldn’t usually qualify for regular Ui benefits so I don’t get why they would tell people who did or can get regular benefits to sign up for an extention on there when we don’t fall into the category like gig workers and such. Regardless I tried to sighned up and just like everyone else in my situation and received regular benefits can’t sighn up anyways because it tells us we don’t qualify. Makes no damn sense. I thought it would be simpler to just extend those people with a 0 balance but still have an active claim than making us jump through hoops and can’t even get a straight answer on what to do.

  5. My benefits are exhausted until Aug and it won’t let me apply online. I had called before they ran out to extend and this was before the virus. The rep said no extensions unless government approved. So I need to see if they approved for extension, if so how do I apply? No where online can I apply. Also I had a job lined up on March 16, 2020 before this virus got bad, HR extended my start date to March 23, 2020. THEN I got a call saying the position was no longer available and unfortunately they could not starte due to the Coronavirus. So I’m like wth an I supposed to do now? Other places where I applied emailed me about me qualifying for a position but there was testing that has ALSO been postponed due to Virus. So I’m basically screwed. Only hope is extension of benefits. Help anyone ??

  6. Hello, I just applied for unemployment benefits and my WBR is $0.00. WIll I get the $600 extra due to the Co-Vid, or not, because I read some questions and replies above, and somewhere I saw you can get it , and in different cases I see you need at least $1 in the WBR balance.

  7. Hi, My claim from April 5, the balance is $0. I want to know if I can get $600. If yes, can l get it from April 4.
    Thank you

      1. also in the same boat and wondering, my claim is 4/20 and today is 4/19
        do i file a new claim now or wait until tomorrow?
        supposedly there was supposed to be a “re-open claim” button available but i think it may run out 24 days after your final payment

  8. I know if you with in Texas they automatically renewed my exhausted benefits

    1. Hello, did you reapply for the benefits or was automatically added? I am from Texas bu it doesn’t let me reapply only to call them Thanks Angela

      1. It won’t let me reapply..It says I have to call and we both know how that goes..I did get through to the automated service but each time I get to I think it’s the second question which is “Have you filed and received benefits in Texas or any other state in the last 12 months” I hit 1 for yes and it automatically disconnects me..I emailed the TV reporter that interviewed the head of TWC and she emailed me back earlier and she basically got the answer that’s already posted on the Website about the PEUC benefits..I had asked more than anything could should find out when the state would start rolling out the PEUC part of the cares act..As of this evening she is still trying..She said if she finds out she will let me know but if I hadn’t heard from her by next Friday to call her. She gave me her phone number and assured me she would continue to press them..She said I know that they are overloaded but that to not at least give us that have exhausted our benefits at least some kind of time frame is not right. I have exhausted all my savings and have paid all bills up through this month and I have approximately $22 to my name..Worked hard all my life and for what, to have it obliterated in 2 months
        Michael

    2. when did you start receiving benefits and what day were your benefits exhausted, if you dont mind me asking? i ask b/c mine ran out last week but found out today. i had $590 remaining and i get 313 a week, so i figured i would get 313 for one week and the remainder $277 the final week, plus the extra 600 per week. not the case, they paid me 277 for 1 week and gave me $0 for the 2nd week, but paid me 313 without the extra 600 b/c they said it was from the waiting week. so i missed out on the pandemic extra, b/c it was from January 24 when i started my benefits. so now i am at $0 remaining. i dont see an option to renew or to reapply for benefits but i read on twc website that we dont have to reapply, that its up to them whether we qualify or not. does your story kinda match what im saying. just wondering if my benefits are gonna get extended.

  9. When will the district of Columbia start paying the extra $600 and extended benefits i received my regular UI but no extra and my benefits ends the last week of may.

  10. I am an Uber driver. I applied for regular unemployment in CA and just received my mail back stating I have $0 wages and $0 benefits to be paid which is not true. From what I understand is since I didn’t get a denied letter, this is a UI claim that is still good. Someone told me I just have to submit my 1099-K wages to the unemployment place via email and they will do a wage audit with Uber. Does this sound correct? Or do I need to apply under PUA when it is up and running in CA? Please advise if anyone knows for sure what to do. Based on the alternate base wages by quarter for the whole year of 2019, I qualify under the regular UI I applied for I’m CA. Thx

    1. I got a letter stating the same thing only I worked for waste management did you find anything out im in need of knowing if I will get the $600 weekly or anything at all.

    2. First off, do you have any W2’s in the last 18 months along with your 1099? PUA is meant for self employed people like uber drivers. Regular UI is not for self employed and I think you applied for regular UI Monday April 27th? The PUA platform didn’t open up until April 28th. You can apply right now. The $0 claim award is because you had no W2 earnings or too little W2 earnings. You probably won’t need to submit proof of income for 2019 unless you made over $17,368. If you made under that, no proof is needed and you’ll get a base of $167/week (retro back to Feb 2nd or when you stopped working) plus $600/week (retro beginning of April). If you exceeded $17,368 on your 1099, you’ll eventually get more than $167/week. They will probably ask for you to send that in for proof. Or your schedule C/1040. I’m in CA too with one family member on regular UI and two applying for PUA.

    3. Dex- I replied to you, I forgot to address your name. Hope you see my response once it’s approved!

  11. I file for unemployment and receive a letter saying I didn’t make enough to receive unemployment benefits and they said I can appeal my claim but they didn’t tell me how to appeal or to whom should I appeal too and I been trying to call the unemployment they keep saying to leave my name and number and they will call back but they never did so should I reopen a different claim what should I do also today was supposed to be my 2nd week of unemployment that I have claim so do I continue to do that or no please thank you

  12. I’m worried because the CA website does not address what to do if your claim runs out. Is it one of those states that automatically gives you the 13 week extension? My claim just ran out 4/4 and it says I’ve exhausted all my benefits. However, I’ve also read if you don’t read-open your claim after one week, your claim expires. My benefit year isn’t up until Nov. 2020.

    1. I have the same problem. Let me know if you get a answer to this one. Thank you

      1. Cindy and Martha-

        “UI benefit payments have been extended for COVID-19 claims.
        The EDD provides up to 26 weeks of UI benefits to eligible claimants. Once the EDD has implemented a new federal extended benefit program, you may be eligible to extend your benefits an additional 13 weeks, to a total of 39 weeks. These funds are part of the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program”.

        –EDD will open a new platform to apply for an extension or it will be automatic. So keep checking their site and your online account plus inbox daily…could be days or weeks.
        Tweet from California Labor Secretary Julie A. Su:
        Apr 28
        “For those who have exhausted regular UI and asking about the UI extension. We hear you. It is a top priority and we will have a timeline for you soon”.

    2. I just received a letter stating a have zero benefits. There’s no action needed on your behalf they will automatically give you an extension. If you are elegible they will notify soon most like everyone should be entitle for a 13 week extension due to COVID-19 is just matter of time. Be patient call them and fight it !!

      1. Sol,
        When did you receive the letter? I am in the same boat and did not receive any letter.

  13. My Edd claim expired March 28th, and on their website Edd wrote that they will only give extension for the claim expiring on or after March 29. I have basically no benefits available until I filed a new claim end of May. This virus is been around for several weeks now, March 29th deadline is so unfair.

    1. Yes I read that too. I don’t think that is legal. We were placed under a SIP order on the 19th of March. I had just gone back to work the previous week to my seasonal low paying job at a local nursery when we were ordered to SHELTER IN PLACE BY GAVIN NEWSOME! So I ran out or was paid my last payment on the 30th of March. Everyone that is unemployed due to COVID19 should be receiving benefits from the FEDS. California is going to do as little as they can get away with. So you should too. Wait…..collect and then collect. Do some volunteer work for COVID19. That’s what I’m going to do. Tired of getting SHAFTED by the State, the President and my employers!

    2. Gerome-
      I think it might be worded funny. I think they are saying the extension can begin as early as March 29th. Some people run out in May, or July for example, which is why the 13 week extension is valid any time between March 29th and Dec 26th. This is my interpretation so anyone please jump in and correct me if I’m wrong.

      “Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
      This provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits for all people receiving UI between March 29, 2020 to December 26, 2020. California provides up to 26 weeks of UI benefits depending on the amount of your earnings during the four-quarter period on which your claim is based. The CARES act extends benefits to a total of 39 weeks. The EDD is still working to implement the PEUC program. Please continue to monitor the EDD website for instructions on next steps for the PEUC program”.

      Apr 28 Tweet from California Labor Secretary Julie A. Su:
      For those who have exhausted regular UI and asking about the UI extension. We hear you. It is a top priority and we will have a timeline for you soon.

      ––EDD will open a new platform to apply for an extension or it will be automatic. So keep checking their site and your online account plus inbox daily…could be days or weeks. Everything is retro so if you qualify, you’ll get a big check depending how far back you stopped working.

  14. I am self employed and my business was shut down by the Governor of New Jersey due to Covid-19. I have applied for unemploument. My status says filed but there is a $0.00 amount for the weekly rate. Will I still get the $600.00?

    1. My status also says filed with a $0.00 amount for the weekly rate, I have not been able to find out what this means, but I am worried that maybe it means I am not eligible for unemployment?

  15. My benefits ran out first week of March. There is nowhere to file a NEW CLAIM when I login, how do I file a new claim to get the extended benefits and the additional $600? My claim shows zero since I have claimed what I had the last 6 months however I have been told and have read otherwise. Can somebody please tell me how I refile a new claim when there is no spot that says NEW CLAIM when I login….Thank you OR do I not qualify to get more? There is no work due to the corona virus so you would think I could get extended benefits because of that? Yes or No??? Please help……

    1. im having the exact same issue here in massachusetts! we do qualify according to everything ive read but when i log in it just says zero balance and there is no where to file a new claim! Did you get an answer at all?

      1. the new laws for enhanced benefits are still being rolled out. Hang in there and try filing next week

  16. Several people have asked this question but no one has received an answer yet:

    1. For those who exhausted their benefits after March 29th, do we receive the 13-week extension AND the $600/ week increase, or just the 13-week extension? I am in California.

    2. Is correct to define “exhaust” by the actual date that you *certified* for your last UI check?

    Thank you very much!

    1. The Cares Act states that there is qualification for ‘Expanded’ benefit for anyone who has exhausted or BYE ends after July 6, 2019. The 13-week ‘expanded/extended’ benefit is FEDERALLY funded not state-funded. The PUA does not kick in until you have exhausted all benefit rights which means entitlement to regular benefit (state funded) + expanded/extended benefit (federally funded).

    2. C.T.-

      Scroll up and see my response to Gerome. Hopefully it’s done being moderated and has been posted. Yes, everyone who receives unemployment (PUA-self employed), or (Standard UI-W2 employee), or (PEUC- those getting a federal extension), gets $600/week on top of their base weekly amount. And the $600/week is retro starting from the beginning of April or whenever your claim began after the beginning of April.

  17. I’m in South Carolina my benefit year expired on March 2020 I reapplied and got denied because I haven’t worked since the expiration of benefits so do I get extension of 13 weeks? How far back for exhausted benefits or expire date of benefits can go back to get extension?

    1. You may qualify when S.C. rolls out this program. You will likely have to reapply for this

    2. If you are receiving unemployment do I get the $600 stimulus if so when will it start.

      1. Yes. Should start in the next couple of weeks depending on which state you are in

        1. Hi
          My claim is started on April 5, my weekly certification balance is $0. I want to know if I can get $600 , and if yes, can I get from April 4 to July 31
          Thank you

    3. I reside in California and 2019 I only worked one day out of the entire year. No surprise my Maximum and Weekly benefit amount is $0. Would I be covered under the Cares Act and be able to collect $600 weekly for 13 weeks ?

  18. The flow chart says if you exhausted your UI after 7/1/2019 you qualify for an additional 13 weeks. My claim year expired on March 14, 2020, and I am still unemployed. I’m confused as to what the July 2019 date pertains to. Do I need to reapply in Texas? Can I reopen the existing claim even though I have exhausted my benefits and my claim year is expired? Or so I not qualify for any additional benefits?

    1. @ Mark – Hey man, I’m not a Lawyer or anything, this is not a professional / “legal” opinion but I’ve been on unemployment before. On unemployment , depending on state, you can usually collect either
      1. up to a certain amount in total, based on your earnings prior to Unemployment.
      OR.
      2. your weekly allowance for up to 26 weeks, whichever comes first.

      After either of these points is reach, you must wait until your “Benefit Year” expires in order to file a new claim / be allowed to collect more. This is basically to prevent people from working for one day, getting fired, collecting UE for months until it ends, working for one week, getting fired, etc.

      Your benefit year is unique to you. It starts on whatever day you file a claim. The reason the July 1st 2019 is mentioned, is because the Stimulus package/Cares Act (extra 600 And/or 13 bonus week extension on top of the regular 26) begins in April 2020 and runs through June, essentially landing on July 1, 2020. The July date simply has to do with when your benefit year starts, as the COVID Cares package ends start of July in 2020.

      I’m pretty sure these dates / technicalities is just a way for them to safeguard against people manipulating the system. Basically saying…well I was on UE and it expired in March of 2019….so Where’s my benefits? Where they can then say…sorry…yes you were on unemployment but it does not fall in the certain timeframe where they can attribute it / find a correlation between your UE claim and COVID 19.

      I hope that makes sense. Again, this I’m not a government worker or lawyer or financial guy. Just a guy who has been on unemployment before and has a pretty good understanding for the system and how it works. I’m pretty confident I am correct in this but take it as you will.

      Hope this Helps. Stay Healthy.
      Cheers,
      Brian

    2. Hi, I am from New York! The only advice I can give that if you have any question relating to your unemployment payment issues, you should send them direct messages explaining all issues that you might have. If not immediately but they will answer to your inquiries back in a short time. You can do this inside of the Unemployment Website, on the “Messages Page”,
      Since I applied for the Unemployment, In the beginning of May, 2020, I had delays and many issues I had to deal with and the only way to get thru and solve these issues I had to send messages with detailed description of the problems. By calling in it was impossible to get thru and get to speak with representative because of High volume of calls.
      Good Luck!

  19. My fiance and I live in Maryland, he received his 26th week of unemployment 2 weeks ago and has not received a payment. He received $362 every Tuesday and had to file his claim on Sundays. This coming Tuesday will be the second Tuesday that he has received nothing. He’s been trying to call unemployment for over 2 weeks but can’t through at all. On the Maryland Unemployment website it says,

    “Like many other states, our IT system is currently NOT set-up to process these new CARES Act programs immediately. Our team is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Labor to create new IT systems, modify our current technical systems, train staff, and conduct tests before administering the new programs created by the CARES Act. This will take time, but please note that you WILL receive these new benefits back to the earliest date of your eligibility”

    And that starting April 17th the additional $600 a week will start and back date to April 1st. It left a place on the page to enter your email address for they can email you when you can apply for the new programs. But in the meantime what are we supposed to do?? I would think the 13 additional weeks would pick up right after the initial 26 stopped right? I wonder if they would back date his regular amount from his last payment. He can’t even get ahold of anyone to find out if there’s something he’s supposed to do in order to get the extension. The fear of the unknown is very nerve wracking, stressful and scary. Maryland has extended their hours twice already and begining next Saturday they will be open. Used to be mon-fri 8-2. Right now it’s Monday – Friday 7-6pm

  20. I’m very confused. I was approved for UI and received my first 2 payments of $422 each. I just went to certify for the next two weeks, April 12th and noticed the payment amount was $0 for both weeks. Is this a glitch? Why would they award me $422 and now it says $0 even though my weekly benefit amount is still listed at $422 :(

    1. I applied for mine today and it says zero i get around what you krystal i wanted to know did you get your money or since it said zero did you have to call your unemployment office

    2. The 3rd week payment is is the only time UI keeps your payment you well eventually get it back its to make sure you have a one weeks check when your time is up.So when you do find a job you let them know or report it than well they give you your 3rd wk that they held back.

  21. Hello, I file for unemployment in april 2019. Exhausted my 20 weeks. Found a new job in January and have been working until the statewide lockdown march 20th. I went to renew my existing claim for unemployment because I have 6 eligible weeks on March 30th. And noticed today that the existing claim had expired today. It says it’s a transitional claim. Does that mean its going to carry over into the new year? Or do I need to make a new unemployment claim? And will I lose out on the weeks I originally filed for?

    1. If you collected your full benefit amount after applying in April 2019, it doesn’t matter if it was in 10 weeks, 20 weeks or 26 weeks. 26 weeks is the max, but if your weekly allowance was high enough to the point where you collected the max in just 20 weeks, then you’ve exhausted your benefits for that “Benefit Year.” Your Benefit year begins the day you made your claim, so in your case April X, 2019. I’m guessing it was April 12th, 2019, since you posted on Sunday saying the claim “expired today.”

      So the good news is your benefit year has reset, on April 12, 2020. You need to file a new claim. They will not automatically file/extend it for you. As far as the “6 weeks” or “losing out,” as I understand it, you collected the full amount in 2019, so I wouldn’t count on receiving anything for those weeks.

      But you should be able to start fresh with a new benefit year, a new yearly allowance, and be eligible for up to 39 weeks (in most states because the +13 week extra) and the extra $600 per week. Just file a new claim, and TRY to get someone on the phone to ask/verify this. It will be hard as they are flooded with calls, so place a request to take a ticket and to have them call you back, or be prepared to potentially wait on the phone for hours(not joking, they are absolutely flooded with people calling and new claims right now). Or try calling first thing in the morning when the office opens before other people call/wake up.

      Please note I live in Illinois and am not a financial professional or Lawyer. I am just giving you my opinion/understanding as it pertains to my personal Unemployment experience, Illinois laws, and how I understand the new laws/relief packages.

      Hope this helps.
      Cheers
      Brian

  22. I applied for UI in CA on 3/21 the week my hours were reduced and then store closed. My weekly benefit amount is $0 and showing $0 for my income which isn’t true. I worked full time for 2 years there making $18 an hour. It says “not paid” for the two weeks and weekly amount of $0. Have not received more weeks to certify and I dont know if I was approved or not. Ive made over 1,000 calls to EDD and cant get through. I call 8am to 12pm so I feel like I have a job right now:( Going on two weeks with no paycheck. My company furloughed me on April 1st.

    1. contact your local representatives office for the state .. I had to do this, its an error on EDD end and will need to be corrected by them, make sure to send your w2’s from last year and your last paycheck stub from your employer to speed up the process. 4 weeks since i filed and have not recieved payment yet but my reps office is working on it for me

      1. How do you find the number or contact info for the state representative? I am self employed and had this exact problem. I don’t get w2 forms because i run my own business. But i did pay taxes on my earnings!

  23. So I started a my new job on February 24 and the office had to close down due to the corona virus i only worked there for a month i tried applying for unemployment but my UI status claim was 0.00 dollars , will i.still get the 600? Please email me ASAP

  24. So I’m confused, do I need to have at least 1$ on my claim to receive the 600 or can my claim wages be zero as well to receive the 600?

  25. My UI ran out March 23,2020 in CA do I qualify for the extension and the 600$? No answers on the website and can’t reach anyone TIA

    James

    1. 13-week extension of UI benefits for those who exhaust their current benefits.
      The EDD is also awaiting final details to be able to start programming to grant an
      additional 13 weeks of federally paid unemployment benefits when an unemployed
      worker runs out of all of the benefits associated with their regular state-administered
      unemployment claim. In California, regular state benefit payments can be made for
      up to 26 weeks within a one-year timeframe.

    2. Same here, my current UI benefits ran out March 21st. I am told by my local California workforce center that as long as we have one of the eligibility requirements, then yes we will qualify for the PUA. I have kids that are home now because schools are shut. So that is my qualifier. The problem is, that the CA EDD hasn’t given us a way to apply for Federal PUA or open a new claim or re-open our current claim…if our benefit year has not ended. I’m thinking they will be updating the site again. It’s too bad that they haven’t been clear or upfront about the process.

  26. In the new jersey website they have an update that talks about who can get unemployment, and enhanced benefits, but being already on unemployment since Dec 2019, is not on the list. so, Is this why everybody keeps telling me I won’t get the enhancement? I have three weeks left but so far no indication if I will get the enhancement or even the extension. Except people here have said I will get it.

    Any closure on this?

    1. Mike. FYI I live in NJ as well and received my first $600 payment deposited this morning. Hope you got yours as well :)

  27. I’m confused, I read on some of these posts that you can apply for extended benefits when you have exhausted your regular benefits (26 weeks), However, on the CA EDD website it says you can only get the extended benefits (the extra 13 weeks) if “someone exhausts their regular state UI claim between March 29, 2020 and the end of 2020”. My regular benefits ran out on February 23rd, and I still don’t have a job. Does this mean I can not apply for the extended benefits?

    1. im wondering if my claim ended after i exhausted the benefits in 13 weeks or once the claim year ended after 26weeks, can anyone clarify?

      1. You still have an open claim until that date..April 5 started the base period quarter

  28. I exhausted ny benefits 03/28/20. N balance its 0 n i can’t open another claim, my benefit year ends 11/21/20…im i getting the 13 week unemployment benefits n the extra 600 dlls..

    1. I expired my UE last payment was 4 Feb 2020 will I get an extention and the $600 additional benefit?

    2. Do you have to call weekly to get the extra $600? Since unemployment is exhausted with zero balance ,there is no way to call to claim weekly until expired date to reopen a new claim.

  29. I just exhausted my ui on March 21 2020.
    Do I need to reapply for the care benefit s?

  30. I live in nj, now with 3 weeks of benefits left. People keep telling me since I’m collecting now that I won’t get the 600 enhancement? Is this true?

    1. U will recieved the new benefits. Some states like NY and Cali are automatically extending benefits, and when those run out you still get the 600$ until July 31

      1. Do you have any website links on how California is automatically extending benefits for individuals who have exhausted their benefits? I recently exhausted my benefits as of April 5th, 2020 and there is no option online anywhere to re-apply.
        thank you

      2. Not true. Nothing is happening automatically and if they can disqualify you….they will or they will just ignore you, hang up on you or other similarly unprofessional tactics that EDD has used as the department is run by incompetents. Julie Su (head honcho) of idiocy is giving live FB videos every week and this woman is talking to the STATE of CALIFORNIA (millions of people who want to know what the hell is going on) and she is checking her phone because it made a little noise while she was presenting all the FACTS to us about the problems with EDD and CARES ACT and PUA and …….blah blah blah. Reading a msg on her phone. Com’on Lady. You’ve got to be kidding. I don’t think Gavin Newsome checks his phone when he’s giving a speech. But she said we could apply today. Still can’t because the system doesn’t allow you to if you’ve exhausted your benefits.

  31. I live in Texas and my benefits were exhausted Feb 18 but my case is active till Aug 15. I received an email stating that since my benefits were exhausted I would be notified if I was eligible to receive cares benefits..I’m still waiting,,.In the mean time what are the eligibility requirements and what is the amount I’m eligible to receive.

    1. Texas Workforce Commission Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

      If you have exhausted your unemployment benefits, we will determine if you qualify for more benefits under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and notify you by mail or electronic correspondence of your eligibility.

      If you are still unemployed, continue to request payment. You can request payment using Unemployment Benefits Services at ui.texasworkforce.org and select Payment Request. Or call Tele-Serv between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Central time at 800-558-8321 and select Option 1.

      Please be patient as we are working as fast as possible to adjust our programming to fit this new law.

  32. I live in Michigan. I was supposed to start a new job March 23rd but can’t due to covid 19. I filed a claim but it says $0 and 0 weeks. Will I still get the $600 weekly benefits from the federal unemployment?

  33. why did people who filed there bi weekly claims this past sunday only receive one week? we live in pittsburgh pa

    1. Most states have something called a “wait week.”
      For whatever reason, when beginning to collect unemployment, the first time you do your bi-weekly certification, you are not paid any benefits for the first week, but you are for the second. Going forward you should receive payments for both weeks every time you do your BWCertification.

      “The waiting week rule for unemployment insurance states that you must serve one full week of unemployment before you can start accruing unemployment benefits. In the states where the waiting week applies, if your last day of work may be February 7, for example, you aren’t eligible for unemployment until February 14. In some states, you then have to wait for the end of the calendar week to qualify. Most unemployment weeks run from Sunday to Saturday. If your waiting week ends on a Wednesday, you’re not eligible to begin collecting unemployment until the following Sunday.”

      Hope this helps
      Cheers.
      Brian

  34. The CA EDD website is of no help and of course it is impossible to speak to anyone. The phone system tells the caller that the call volume is higher than normal, directs people back to site and hangs up.
    My claim ran out this week. SIte will not allow for a new claim nor an extension. IS there someone who knows how to file for an extension as granted through the stimulus??

    1. Hi Micki, did you get an answer to your question? I’m in the same situation, my benefits are due to run out in about two weeks. CA EDD website of no use and not able to speak to anyone. Please let me know if you got any new information.

    2. 13-week extension of UI benefits for those who exhaust their current benefits.
      The EDD is also awaiting final details to be able to start programming to grant an
      additional 13 weeks of federally paid unemployment benefits when an unemployed
      worker runs out of all of the benefits associated with their regular state-administered
      unemployment claim. In California, regular state benefit payments can be made for
      up to 26 weeks within a one-year timeframe.

    3. Im in CA and in the same boat. I lost my job due to the virus. I got an email last week when I exhausted the award amount saying I could reapply for benefits when the benefit year is over in Aug. But I don’t know if this is an automatic response that doesn’t apply and I don’t know if I need to do anything to extend or even if i’m eligible.

  35. I work part time and my hours have been reduced . I receive a partial unemployment check from the state of Georgia now . will I qualify for the $600.00 covid-19 stimulus check and if so what do I need to do .

  36. Hello
    I have been cut back on hours at my work due to this virus my hours varied some weeks I get unemployment money and some I dont. Will i still get the 600 if i get zero one week?

    1. Imy benefits ran out on March 23 ,I have no job due to the corona19 . And it says I have to wait till July 26,2020 to file a new claim are they serious . There’s no work at all . How I’m i suppo to care for my girls & myself . I’m so scared

  37. California.
    My unemployment benefits are about to expired in two weeks (450 $ is left) I’m trying to contact edd for an extension, But haven’t been able to get a hold of someone yet. Will I need to file for a new claim? And if in the last year I made 26k, would I qualify for the 600 $ additional amount. Any advice on what to do with an almost expired claim?

    1. im in the same situation. No one seems to be able to provide assistance. Plenty of websites saying what must be done but the EDD website is not up to date becasue it will not allow for new claim or extension. If you have success, please post so i and others can find a solution. thanks!

      1. Same situation, my benefits recently ran out. Can’t file a new claim or ask for an extension, even though we’re supposed to be able to get it. What do we do?

        1. I’m in the same boat as you guys. My benefits ran out March 30th in CA. The CA EDD is still implementing all these new previsions into their system. Keep checking their website during the week for updates. I’d imagine once they get everything in order, our accounts will be updated with the extension and we won’t have to re-file.

  38. (I reside in Illinois) I recently started a job on Feb. 24th. I was furloughed on April 1st. I don’t have previous employment for two years. I literally worked full-time 5 and a half weeks ($15hr). I would not have anything listed in the previous 4 quarters. It said my weekly benefit is $0.00. Am I eligible for any type of benefit? Also, will I get the extra $600? Thank you in advance.

  39. My unemployment benefits in Texas expired on February 15 and due to the COVID-19 I still haven’t been able to find a job, because everything is frozen. Can I Get Additional Unemployment Benefits or the $600 Coronavirus-Covid Stimulus Payment if I Have Exhausted My Current? To get the benefits, Do I need to go and file a new claim online ? Please advise

    1. You will need to file a new claim for extended benefits (13 extra weeks added) and if you get that you can get the $600 supplemental payment

      1. This is the email I received on March 31

        If you have exhausted your unemployment benefits, we will determine if you qualify for more benefits under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and notify you by mail or electronic correspondence of your eligibility.
        If you are still unemployed, continue to request payment. You can request payment using Unemployment Benefits Services at ui.texasworkforce.org and select Payment Request. Or call Tele-Serv between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Central time at 800-558-8321 and select Option 1.

        Please be patient as we are working as fast as possible to adjust our programming to fit this new law.

        1. That’s better then what I got:

          You have exhausted all benefits for the time period you have filed until ‪after 4/25/20‬. You will need to file a new claim ‪4/26/20‬ then it can go into the extensions. Only New Claims filed after 3/14/20 will be eligible for additional weeks. Yes, your employer is filing your weekly claims now but nothing is going out because it is exhausted.
          I too have seen the Care Act guidelines. It does not mean you are eligible. If and when this goes into effect here in Georgia, they will notify you.
           
          Thank you

          (By going into effect they are talking about the $600)

  40. I am a bus driver mt benefits are exhausted how can i open a new claim to start receiving benefits you sure can”t talk to anyone here in Florida some one please help

  41. In California it shows no income for the 4 quarters prior and zero weekly amount and zero claim
    Amount. Will I still Get the 600 xtra?

      1. I been getting regular UI since Nov 2019 my benefits are over next month May I still have some funds left will the $600 be added or I have to use My regular UI Up before I receive the extra benefits also I have not receive no notice or anything from the district of Columbia.

  42. Can I get the $600 extra or some of it, if I am on part time unemployment in NY state?

    1. Yes I have updated post to address this question. The Department of Labor (DOL) issued Unemployment Insurance Guidance Letter 15-20 (UIPL 15-20) that alludes to the fact that individuals who are entitled to receive regular unemployment compensation (UC) will also receive the $600 flat weekly payment through July 31, 2020. There is no minimum limit of unemployment compensation that is specified in the DOL guidelines, so even qualifying for a partial amount (i.e the case for part time employees) would qualify the employee for the $600 weekly payment.

  43. My claim ended on 4/4/20…Money had expired 2 weeks earlier…Does the extension automatically start or do I have to refile?

    1. You may have refile if your state UI agency does not have an automatic reinstatement provision for the enhanced benefits. Please check your states website and if in doubt just refile. It’s safer

  44. I cannot find a way to reopen my claim on the Online webpage in CA. When I call in a robot tells me to do several things but none of them work.

  45. I don’t know if I made a mistake on my UI benefits claim , about the income I put down from October to November , but I think it said my weekly benefits are $0.00 , so does that mean I want get the $600 UI, check , will someone please email me ASAP, to let me know.

  46. When will you receive the extra 600 from unemployment because i only received the weekly rate. I don’t want to get my hopes up, to have money to keep bills afloat if its a lie.

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