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


This article was last updated on March 25

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.

740 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. Hi ! So I am under serious stress on what to do right now ! I have very little work history ! Put it this way I took a seasonal job last November that ended mid jan of this year and that’s all the history I have for over 5 years ! I was laid off cause season ended and I heard of all these programs so I had applied for regular yo benefits based on my total income of 902.00 for the year 2019 which all fell under one quarter of the base pay chart thing ! And to my surprise I was awarded regular ui insurance but with the balance of zero dollars !? So I read about April 28th being the time to apply for the PUA and as I’m doing it I’m reading stuff saying I should not apply and I don’t even know if I am eligible cause I was laid off before my store closed down for covid-19 reasons !?
    So my question is does anyone know if I qualify based on the knowledge that I was laid off cause of season ending not corona ! But because of my limited work history I get nothing from ui ! And because of the corona virus I can’t seem to find any work anywhere !? And also if I was awarded regular ui as of April with a balance of zero is it ok to file a new claim in hopes to get the PUA benefits ?

    1. Apply for the PUA benefits, they have an section that asks if you are seasonal worker.

    2. With zero balance you can still apply for PUA. Hope you’re able to get your benefits soon. Check the UI website daily!

    3. I don’t know what state you live in, but in Calif, you need to have a minimum of $1300 gross in a full quarter to qualify for minimum benefits.
      Most states have something similar. The award letter, even if zero, is sent to everyone who files a claim. However, right now, if you had a previous claim that you actually collected from, and it expired a certain time last year, you might be eligible for an extension. I hope you at least got a stimulus check. Good luck and God bless!

  2. Can someone help me with this PLEASE!! I’ve been getting UI benefits since 09/29/2019. My claim is until 09/26/2020 but my benefits exhausted on 04/04/2020 when I received my last payment it had a paper that said no extended benefits were available to me and this payment includes federal pandemic additional compensation $600 and my claim balance after this is $0!? I can’t work due to this pandemic and all Santa Barbara is shutdown. I have no NO InCoME , bills piling up, and a family that needs to be supported. Am I eligible for ANyThINg?? I’m stressing out over this and not being able to reach anyone from EDD is making it worse! What do I do??

    1. Maybe you can apply atleast for public assistance. Cash aid… for a family of 2 adults and 1 child gives you about 850…. not much but it’s something. And food stamps will give you 509 for family of 3, atleast to buy food. U till we hear about what they are going to do about us in this boat.

      1. Hi,
        I am in CA and reached out to the EDD contact I had during my UI orientation last year. My benefits expired in late February 2020. His words to me were “just wait, we are working on extensions with no date in sight and to keep checking the EDD website”
        Well that was reassuring
        I wish you all good health and luck!

        1. Thanks for the info. I’ll keep checking the website. I’m not able to file another claim until November at this time. My benefits ran out a week ago. The place where I was working as needed is closed to due to the virus. I was to have started Census training on 3/24 and that is, of course, on hold. The seasonal job where I expected to be hired again this year is at a lake that is closed due to the virus. I thought I would qualify for PUA based on what I’ve been reading; but the EDD rep I just spoke to said I’m out of luck. Hoping that doesn’t turn out to be the case!

    2. Hey You will receive an extension. They will automatically sign you up . They have to send out the letter that states there’s no available extensions at this time. Yet due to the Pandemic pay no attention to the letter . Check your email see if you have an email that’s states your eligible for 13 weeks . And follow the instructions when you receive it . Good Luck!

      1. Hi, I am in California I just received in my inbox that my UI has expired however I still have over $3900. in my Claim Balance. At the top of page where we certify I received notification that I am eligible for PEUC extension of 13 weeks. Does California automaticially extend this online or do I need to file a new claim due to the expiration. Also, I tried to file a new claim and it did not allow me to do so. I am however eligible and approved, I NEED HELP….

        1. Me too I have received the same email even in my claim I still have $4000.

        2. Hi,
          It should continue. My extension expired late June and then EDD automatically added another.

          Good luck!

        3. I’m in the same boat but on the top of certification page, it says I may be eligible for PEUC and to click on the link to “start filing a new claim now”. Does yours say something otherwise? That you are already approved?

    3. You should be eligible for the PEUC. It shouldve been filed automatically for you when you exhausted your benefits. Go to Ask EDD online and request to file your extension.

      1. hello there I’ve been fouling my p e u c Unemployment phone with a unemployment operator every Monday and they told me I’m going to receive back pay going back to October maybe longer top 2020 now they said it will take about two weeks for me to receive my pay and it’s been over two weeks how long do you think I will need to wait to receive my payments for my p e u c here in the state of Virginia?

    4. I suggest that you all reach out to your governor or senator.. I filed for PUA back in May….waited and waited on them to approve it… finally became tired of waiting and contacted both my governor and senator(each office has contacts in your state UI office and can reach the tier 3 agents needed for PUA claims) and was finally approved and the funds will be available in my bank on Monday…you have to stay on the …make them accountable..best of luck, guys..I hope you all get what is owed to you

    5. I am receiving PUA it ends December 27 this week they just passed it in Congress well I have to reapply Beretta Massachusetts or will it just reactivate on its own

    6. My pua has been exhausted as of today Dec 28th 2020 the extension that just passed for 11 more weeks making the 39 to 50 weeks for PUA be extended even tho iv exhausted my funds¿

  3. I live in Wisconsin and my unemployment benefits ran out in November 2019. My benefit year ended April 25, 2020 and I filed a new UC claim on April 26 per the advice of the UC Office last year. I was denied benefits, because I do not have eight times my Benefit rate, since the start of my benefit year last April.

    There is a second note on my UC file online, stating they are reviewing my ability and availability to work. I am in an approved training program where you are not required to seek work while in school.

    I am in school under that training program and wondering if I am eligible for a 13 week extension or the additional $600 per week. This will truly be a godsend but I don’t wanna get my hopes up. Bless anyone who can give me an answer and good luck to all.

  4. Hello. I live in California and I exhausted my claim balance on 4/13. I did receive two $600 checks. Will I need to reapply for PUA funds or will it be done automatically? I currently can not file another claim until 5/30. I’ve been online for days trying to find answers on what steps to take. Someone please help!

    1. I’ve been messaging UI twice a day for 16 days now. My claim is active until September but I have $0 balance. They finally responded, and this is what they said. …

      “Your Pandemic Additional Compensation (PAC) was authorized on 041520 for week ending 040420. At this time, no information on when extension are going to be filed. Please continue to visit the Department website for information. Thank You”

      1. Hello in the state of Illinois what do you have to do for the extra 20 weeks that’s approved as of August 6-2020 if you exhausted regular unemployment but claim don’t end until November 22-2020

        1. Do Nothing. I live in Illinois and my EB (Extended Benefits) kicked in automatically. Initially for only 13 weeks and then the other 7 weeks was added after the August 6th extension was announced. Simply keep filing every two weeks.

  5. I live in Texas and I’m seeing that people who have exhausted their benefits are not given priority. If you select the option that you have an existing claim when you call, will be disconnected immediately.. anything spoken about the extension for exhausted benefits is very vague. My benefits exhausted on the 1st of April and I haven’t received a payment yet even though I’ve been requesting payment.

    Are you telling me that I cannot get my $600 or retro payment from the state for over a month now? That really sucks. I’ve got bills. Can’t get a job

    1. In CA, I was just told by EDD that when my balance is $0 for unemployment, I must apply for PUA.

      1. Hi there,
        I’m in CA too. I got a notification that my claim has expired and it gives a link to file a new claim but I still have a a balance left for weeks to claim. Should I wait until I certify for all weeks available before filing a new claim?

    2. You can’t collect PUA or PEA If you exhausted your funds and your claim year hasn’t expired. Your not eligible for squat. In the same boat no money did a good job for leaving the hard workers in the cold. Also people who work hard do t get the full stimulus how fair is that we work too harder.

    3. The new base period started in April..That being said your new base period runs from Jan 2019-Dec 2019..If you worked at any point during this period and have wages in at least 2 quarters of that base period you are not eligible for extended benefits(https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/hr748/BILLS-116hr748enr.pdf)This is the actual Cares Act that was signed into law..Skip down to section II..Look at the eligibility requirements under PUA/DUA if you satisfy at least 1 of these you are eligible to receive at the least the minimum here in the State of Texas which is $207.00 and the FPUC of $600.00.. You will have to file a new claim under DUA..I had exhausted my benefits but my claim year doesn’t expire until Aug..Not eligible for Reg benefits because of claim year and not eligible for extension because I was no longer considered an exhausted because in April the new base period started and I had wages in 2 quarters..Filed new claim under DUA was approved for $412.00. + $600.00..Took me almost 4 weeks after filing to get paid but they back dated everything and I received $2,970 in my acct last week. Hope I didn’t confuse you more with all this.

      1. Hi Michael, this was really helpful since my case is exactly like yours. I exhausted my balance last week 4/19 but my benefit year doesn’t end until June 2020. I have enough wages in two quarters of 2019. I called UI and was advised to file a new claim which I did and which is pending. I also see an option to file PUA under my account – so should I have filed for PUA instead of regular UI? Thanks in advance.

    4. Same thing with me here in Texas no extension on benefits here we just stuck out and I don’t qualify for the pecu.. usually when unemployment is high they have tier 1 -3 Federal government steps in but due to the covid 19 the government did it differently..sorry to say we gets nothing.

  6. I have exhausted all my California EDD payments on 4/4 and they said in 4/28 they would update website for extension with the PUA but nothing pops up when I log in. Can anyone please help?

    1. I’m in the same boat! It’s saying I have received all my back and it won’t let me do anything!

  7. My Michigan unemployment ends in 8.5 weeks. June 30, 2020. It was an open existing claim; ends Feb. 2021.
    Does Michigan automatically give the extension? Or do I need to reapply? Thanks

  8. IN PA. – I have been collecting partial unemployment the past year. So my 52 weeks ended today . However, I still have 9 weeks of funds available.
    When I made my claim this past Sunday , it said to file in the next 2 weeks if I still worked partial weeks. Dies that mean I have been approved to continue collecting?

  9. Ugh! I’m in CA and recieved unemployment since June 2019 and exhausted all benefits in December 2019… i became employed in January until the shutdown, my benefit year doesnt end until June 2020 so it will not let me file a new claim even though I qualify for the PUA….. why have they completely forgotten about these type of applicants? This is the first thread I can even find where people are going through similar situations. Been searching the website and calling for hours…. was waiting for today since they said the PUA will he accepting applications today just to find out I still can’t apply is frustrating. Anyone have any answers?? PLEASE

    1. I am in the same exact boat – so frustrating with no relief in sight!

    2. I’m in the same situation, and YES! it is frustrating. Today’s roll out was supposed to also accommodate those of us that have exhausted UI benefits, however my UI portal still reflects “You have received all benefits payable to you at this time. You cannot file another California Unemployment Insurance claim until your current benefit year ends”. Based on what I’m seeing from other states it seems like they are implementing this automatically without the need to reapply. I’m thinking this is going to be the same for California. The EDD CA site says
      “Based on the persistent inability of claimants to access the UI OnlineSM system during this time period, if your UI benefit certification form has dates for weeks ending March 14 through May 9, you do not need to certify or recertify for UI benefits at this time”. I know this applies to people who have weeks available to certify, however the system is running slow and even if we were able to certify I feel we would fall into the same scenario. Most likely they will just pay us retroactively as PUA benefits have already been implemented and we fall under PUA. There would be no reason for us to need to file a new claim as it’s just an extension of our previous claim. Either way hopefully we get some updates soon.

      1. So weird mine allowed me to file a new claim I don’t know what’s going on with everybody else. I did start a new job on February 12th of so that might be the defining factor on what’s

        1. I spoke to EDD today (CA). If you have a $0 balance, you MUST reapply for Unemployment, PUA.
          Because so many people are on the site applying, I have been able to get in since 8:00 am this morning.
          I saw on AOL that we could begin applying at 2:00 am., so of course I tried. The website said that you couldn’t apply until 5:30 am. I waited until 6:00 am and wasn’t able to apply. So I have been up since 1:50 am!
          This really sucks! Why couldn’t they give those that have exhausted their money what to do?

      2. Hi do I claim all the weeks that are available on my peuc claim or just starting the week after my regular UI ran out

    3. Same here. This site was supposed to open up today for people like us who have just exhausted their regular CA UI benefits. Every time I sign on, it takes me to the page where it shows the last payment issued to me. There is not one instruction or indication that there is a site where people can sign on to receive the 13 week extension. I swear, State of California should be chastised for their handling of this! The phone lines are a joke. They may have expanded their hours but we still can’t get through after calling 400 times! I’ve never been so frustrated in my life. I feel like they’re just sitting on the other end kicking back chewing gum and filing their nails. There is NO EXCUSE FOR THIS!!! If they don’t have the site up yet, at least put an update on their website as to when it will be up and instructions on where to go, what to do, etc.

      1. I agree I’m going to keep trying if I hear anything will let you know and we all paid into this

      2. Same here. Ive Been on unemployment since October 2019. I just exhausted my claim yesterday and called over 400 times this morning and nobody would answer. There is no answer as to how to file these claims to get continued coverage with the PUA program. If ANYONE figures this out please lend a response. Thank you.

      3. Agreed! My EDD benefits were exhausted on March 7th, through the PUA plan, we are allowed to process the 13 weeks extension, and I had an job offer and it was rescinded due to the Cov19. As that being said, I have tried to create a new account through EDD, but when you try to file a new claim, it states you are not eligible to file a new claim. When I tried to login my own EDD account, there is no options for me to file an application for the PUA extension. it is very frustrating through this process, as the EDD says, we have 13 weeks extension, but it doesn’t have any instructions on how to proceed. There is system issue, that they need to fix. The EDD phone line, it is busy from 7:59 am to 8 pm PST, I have tried all days for few weeks now, no luck.

      4. I tried at 8am said too many people on the queue and to try later. This has been th case for me since the middle of march. I did get through a couple of times in early April only to be left in hold and to have the phone disconnect. Called back and the message stated office is closed. Tried online at 2am said updating to check back at 5:30, got message not unavailable. Tried several during the day not able to get in, finally got in only to get message benefits exhausted 3 14 2020. Nothing helpful online regarding PUA beneits. I know many are worse off, but it’s getting close to being out of money. No stimulus check and it says at this time but cannot give me any info.

    4. Kai, I just ran out of benefits last week and thought I would also be able to apply to the PUA for the extended benefits but I have not been able to do so. I have searched the web for hours, I even tried calling EDD but their automated systems are not much help, and even with them increasing their staff I have not been able to get a hold of anyone. With no way to file for a claim, find a link to a PUA application, and not being able to reach out to a human at EDD, this makes things way worse. God bless everyone who is struggling with this as well.

      1. Hello I have exhausted my unemployment January18 18th 2020-end of January I got another job worked 7 hours and never went back due to transportation needs/.i got approved for the 13 weeks of benefits and to certify this past Monday so I did and then it said looks like you have worked please reopen your case/omg I am beyond words of hard core sadness. I have two young children who desperately need summer clothes and I am two months behind on rent and all my bills. I had filed bankruptcy this past year and finally was getting my credit back on track but now NO money at all coming in for three months. I tried to reopen my case on the unemployment site but won’t let me told me to call and speak to someone but to no avail. No one ever picks up. Someone please help me. I am in NJ. I just received a blue paper saying saying I am eligible for the extended benefits as of March 29 2020 of a specific amount but won’t let me certify because I worked one day at a different job. Please help

        1. It sounds like you may have just messed up your form but it will be fixed. It took mine 8 weeks because I forgot to mail them a form.
          EDD will back pay you but you must be careful with the forms. I kinda don’t get it because we both exhausted benefits and I did go without for like two months after March .
          I claimed working this week for over $999 in wages and they still payed the $345 a week I think cause I got $793?
          It really confusing as the date also on the website does not reflect my balance and they did not give a payment letter or take out child support!?
          So just keep reaching out and don’t give up because I know there has to be an answer for you like for me.

    5. I am having the same problem, but I haven’t collected UI since 2013. My claim says 0 awarded. I was told to apply when my store had to be closed down in March because of it being unessential. I can’t open a new PUA claim because EDD says I already have a claim. In my inbox was information saying that I (might) be eligible for an extension. Scary that they used the word might. let me know if you have or someone else has figured this out.

    6. I have been having the same problem, my benefits exhausted in Jan and i was told by EDD that i could apply today. I tried to open a new claim, but it asked if i had got UI in last 12 months and told me that i had to call in and could not do online application. I am planning to call tomm morning.

    7. I would suggest you try to reopen your claim instead of filing a new one. It has not expired. You should be able to get it that way

    8. Commiserations, Kai. Same situation here too, but with a slight twist. My UI benefits ran out end of Jan 2020 when there was no fed 13 week extension. I’ve been unemployed ever since and it’s super frustrating to go in circles with CA EDD with no way to apply for the UI extension (even after the much touted PUA for independent folks and those that have run out of regular UI benefits starting today, April 28th). No luck so far. It’s not clear if I have to start a new application (my current benefit year runs through end July) for PUA, but then you’d need a new registration, since my existing claim page doesn’t have an option. CA EDD is overwhelmed online and on the phone, so there’s no help for folks like us. Not giving up but will keep trying. Cheers!

      1. Yes it’s saying I can’t apply till July also! That is last year‘s claim end date. Help

    9. Join the discussion…I’m the same your situation Kai I get the last pay check on may 2 ,I can’t file the new claim the wwebsite eedd,reeeuest for calls the EDD, I calls the thousand time it always busy, and I don’nt known how to do

  10. Similar, I was on CA UE 5.5 months, finally found work 3/2/2020, then 3/23 our office was forced to close as non-essential. I refiled UE, got paid that last 2 weeks plus $600 each then had $0 balance.
    I found no resources on line and nothing to even indicate the 13 weeks was actually going extended in my case. Emailed EDD asking how to get 13 weeks ext, they replied “you have $0 balance and are not eligible for further payments at this time”.
    Emailed EDD again specifically asking that they tell me how to apply for 13 weeks PEUC they emailed “you have $0/not eligible” AGAIN instead of saying hang in there, were working on it…
    Today, 4/28 is the first time I found anything on line that they are working on rolling out PEUC PUA 13 week sign up, but couldnt they have emailed me that last week so I didnt spend days of frustration trying to find out if I am going to go bankrupt.
    If I’m not going to get 13 weeks added (until I can go back to work), I’ll lose everything and have to live in my car. I can do that but its the not knowing that makes me nervous…. EDD phone busy 5 days – 76 attempts to a dead end info EDD voicemail…

    Hoping and praying for us all to not be ruined by this shutdown, and that the 13 weeks can be applied for and granted asap.

    1. Thank you for sharing that information! I’m in the same boat please let me know when it’s available! Thanks

  11. For those interested New Jersey finally addressed this in the door site.

    What do I need to do get the supplemental $600 weekly benefit? You do not have to do anything except continue to certify weekly to receive the $600/week. Residents already collecting unemployment will begin to see their $600 supplemental unemployment benefit arrive April 14 (for the week of March 29th). This taxable $600 payment is issued separately each week – you may receive it at the same time as your regular Unemployment benefits, or a few days later. It will usually be deposited into your account on Monday or Tuesday.

    What do I need to do to access the 13-week extension of benefits? Are you currently receiving or have applied for unemployment benefits? If yes, no action is required. The 13-week extension will be automatically available to you after your current balance is exhausted. Otherwise, read the scenarios below:

    SCENARIO A: Do these describe you?

    On a date after July 8, 2018, I filed for unemployment.
    I have not worked since the dates in 2018-2020 when I collected unemployment.
    I have exhausted my balance OR my benefit year ended on my most recent claim.
    If this describes you, WAIT for notification from NJ DOL before you certify for benefits.

    SCENARIO B: Do these describe you?

    On a date after July 8, 2018, I filed for unemployment.
    I have worked since the dates in 2018-2019 when I collected unemployment.
    If both describe you, file a new claim if you haven’t already.

    SCENARIO C: Do these describe you?

    On a date after July 1, 2019, I filed for unemployment benefits.
    I have not utilized all 26 weeks of benefits.
    If both describe you, re-open your claim if currently closed. Begin certifying for benefits again.

    1. “If yes, no action is required. The 13-week extension will be automatically available to you after your current balance is exhausted”

      ….not true yet, mine still shows $0 for over a week (my claim is 9/19/2020 to 9/19/2021, 26 weeks of payments are used up, $0 balance). Today, Tues 4-28, EDD is supposed to add website details on how to get 13 weeks added.

      1. It comes from the dol site, if they haven’t done it I’ll find out soon enough, but it maybe be they are just starting to do it this week.

    2. SCENARIO B clearly states if both conditions describe you. But SCENARIO A lists three conditions but does not state that all three need to be satisfied to be classed as A. How should this be interpreted? I have just exhausted my benefit balance. I was claiming partial unemployment benefits in NJ so i did report some part-time income in my weekly claim. Do I wait for the NJ DOL to send out notifications or should I file a new claim?

      1. All the scenarios sound similar lol. If you reopen a claim, it probably won’t work if your situation doesn’t match. maybe you could wait for notification while at the same time try to reopen a claim. They have been dreadfully s!ow with updates.

        1. Has anyone in NJ received a notification from DOL about the 13 week unemployment extension?

  12. Right now I’m lay off. I work part time. If I return to work do I still get the 600 dollar.

  13. I have a very unfortunate story. I live in Texas and lost my job in January and started receiving unemployment benefits. After that a part time did Uber to make ends meet . Being the honest person I am, I advised unemployment that I was working for Uber . Exactly one week before coronavirus came to surface ,unemployment messed up my file by putting incorrect employer name and address for Uber resulting in false information on my file and overpayment. This is information I never even gave unemployment. I had to file an appeal and lost. Even though none of it was my fault. Now I’m stuck in a situation having to pay unemployment $1500 and can’t work with three kids and homeschooling them as well. My question is if I pay the $1500 do I need to reapply for benefits or will my benefits continue or how does that work? Because they still have me claiming my weeks as if they’re going to pay me. But I don’t want to pay them the full amount right away if I’m not going to continue getting benefits. How do you even file a second claim if you already have one , but the one you have they are claiming that it is falsified?? And then if I do have to re-file or do a second claim, then would I be filing for unemployment from my original employer that fired me in January or would I be filing for Uber???

  14. Am I eligible to receive the 13 Week Unemployment Benefits Extension and the $600 Coronavirus-COVID Stimulus Payment if I Have Exhausted My UIC benefits on 10/10/2019 and have a Balance of Zero to Claim (NEVADA)

  15. when my benefits end do I still need to claim weeks until I get my extention?

  16. when my benefits end do I still claim weeks until I get my extention?

  17. Hi, I have been as patient I can be, last week of benefits this week, no word on the extension in nj, this notion of it will be fixed by months end, can’t be eight, it already the 27th. The site says nothing about extension, after this week there is nothing to claim so how can it xontinue?

    1. I live in PA but work in NJ my 13 week was automatic I’m hoping next week the 20 kicks in

  18. Can I get a extension on my claim if it end on June 6 2020 I file on March 16 2020 Due to the covid 19 and I only get 12 weeks Do i have to reapply or do it update with out me reapply Because my unemployment End date is June 62020 please help me I cant talk to no agent right now

  19. Ran out of UI April 15 in CT, they are not allowing the extra 13 week extension. Says i cant apply until 5/30. Will the 600 not come in until after 5/30?

  20. Ok so we am scared right now and I need answers plz.. good or bad.. so I was laid off of work in September of last year I have recently exhausted my unemployment benefits on March 23rd 2020, will I be able to get the 13 weeks extended unemployment? Ohio website says anybody that exhausted their benefits after March 29th will receive the 13 weeks extended unemployment benefits so does that mean that I will not be receiving them?

    1. Yes you will be eligible for this. the 13 week PUA extension is retroactive. The issue is Ohio has not updated its state UI systems to process this 13 week extension, hence you cannot claim this. Hoping this is done soon.

      1. this post was my exact question and situation too. thanks for the ONLY decent answer published anywhere online


  22. Do you have to report the $1200 stimulus check when certifying benefits week ending April 18th if received?

    1. No. That only needs to be reported in your 2020 tax return. And because a refundable tax credit it will not affect your taxable income

  23. If someone is on UI for partial. But when you claim and your weekly amount is over the weekly benefit amount are we still eligible for the 600 as well. I heard even if you are claiming a week your eligible.


    1. I have funds available. It’s just that I get partial UI and if I made more then my weekly amount I won’t receive those benefits so I was told to still claim my hours even if they are more. Would I still get the 600 even if it more. And I get zero from UI.

  25. Hi,
    I weekly certified on 26th April 2020 for unemployment Insurance benefit. It says you have exhausted your unemployment insurance benefits in New York State/City.
    Can I Get 13 Week Unemployment Benefits Extension and the $600 Coronavirus-COVID Stimulus Payment if I Have Exhausted My Current UIC and have a Balance of Zero to Claim ?

    What is the procedure i have to follow to get Extension and the $600 Coronavirus-COVID Stimulus Payment if I Have Exhausted My Current UIC and have a Balance of Zero to Claim ?

  26. I’m in Florida, and I have exhausted my benefits. Do Florida offers the 13 week extension and do I qualify for the 600 dollar? If so do I have to reapply for benefits?

    1. Yes. Florida does offer this (like all other states). The issue is that FL systems are still being updated for the new 13 week provision so existing or exhausted claimants are still not able to take advantage of this provision

      1. Also in Florida and exhausted regular unemployment benefits. Should we continue to claim weeks for the exhausted claim?

  27. Hi- I hope someone can please help ,

    My name is Fred, I live in CT. I was on unemployment when the COVID precautions began.
    Claim week ending date- 3/14/2020
    Benefit year ending date- 9/5/2020
    Last payment received – 3/17/2020
    Claim remaining balance- $0 :(

    Am I eligible for the 13 week extension ?
    If so, do I need to refile the same as I did when I first made my claim. I am having difficulty doing so or is there another way to file. Please, any help will be greatly appreciated I have people depending on me.

    I live in Connecticut , not sure if it varies state to state I have read for hours searching for any definitive answer with no luck.

    Thanks you, Fred

    1. Can’t find in on the DOL site, but in the news, CTmirror DOL spokesperson: “the Connecticut Department of Labor said it will not be able to process those claims until mid-May because it is also setting up that system.
      There’s no point in applying for [these benefits] right now,” Bartolomeo said.” So it’s looking like mid-May is time for CT extension applications, hopefully!!

  28. I am in Wisconsin. My question is, will unemployment deduct the additional $600 from the FPUC program from our benefit balance or is that separate? For instance I have $1900 left in my account to claim and am worried once we get the retroactive payments for April it will exhaust all my benefits-
    If it’s separate I should hopefully be okay?
    Can you help?

    1. It is separate from what I see in DOL guidelines as the funding of the $600 extra stimulus and 13 week extension is being federally funded under the CARES act.

  29. I live in KS my benefits were exhausted the week when they announced the unemployment stimulus. I have been continuing to file my weekly claim and I have yet to get any payment. He’s anyone heard anything for Kansas Unemployment? Please help.

    1. Kansas is a bit behind (like other states) in rolling out the 13 week extension. Please continue to check the Kansas UI site and re-file or reactivate your claim for the additional weeks.

  30. I am in Pennsylvania, my balance is zero since 3 weeks ago. I tried to file for next 2 weeks and it said my case is inactive. I have been calling unemployment office but can’t get any agent, line is always busy. I need to get the 13 weeks extension. I tried to apply for PUA but I get the massage that I can qualify for normal unemployment. What can I do? Please, any help will be very appreciated. I’m not working now.

  31. Is there anyone on this thread in S.C that can answer this?
    I run out of regular benefits on the this week. According to everyone& everything I’ve read I do qualify for the 13 wk extension… all I want to know is if anyone has received the 13 week extension IN SOUTH CAROLINA, and if it was automatically applied to third account. Ty!

    1. You will qualify but SC has yet to update their systems for the 13 week extension. Hang in there and keep trying to extend or refile your claim

  32. Question I finished my benefits 4/19/2020 I have reached zero balance it says I can’t file a new claim untill October 2020 , but I am approved for California training program by edd will I be eligible for an extension even if my claim is at zero balance ?

    1. mine show exhausted as well and I cannot find an option to reapply or extend due to covid. Based on what I read I’d qualify since it’s exhausted ……… so confused and lost

      1. Ginger,

        Just trying to clarify, if benefits run out Sunday, May 3, 2020, the system will automatically give you the 13 week extension? How will they notify us? Do we need to do anything? Did they say when it will be implemented? I had someone tell me to recertify, but believe these are people that have set answers. Thank you in advance.

  33. I’m in Illinois and my benefits ended a week ago though my 2wk certification was this week. The next day Illinois implemented the extension. I called to see what I needed to do and the agent applied for extension on the phone but she said my benefit amount was much lower. I’ve talked to other’s who have applied for extension and they are getting same amount as they was. Every thing I’ve read says extended benefits are in the same amount as your regular weekly benefit. Can anyone help me with why mine would be less?

  34. My Unemployment just ran out last week. I have a job offer but they do not start up till mid-July and I would not get a paycheck till 2 weeks after that and there will be another $300 or so just in commuting expenses etc, I am still looking for full-time work till then though. I have been trying to contact the Unemployment in California for 3 weeks now to ask If I can get the 13-week extension offered through the Care act for the Wuhan Virus. I started calling them about 2 weeks before my unemployment ran out. I have been calling every day many times a day and using several different phone numbers connected to EDD. In 3 weeks straight of trying I have still not once got through to a person. I have no way to ask how I can get an extension. There is no way to email anyone, they only have automated preprogrammed answers for a limited set of common questions, and mine is not on the web site. Their “CONTACT US” page is just a list of phone numbers that automatically go to a message saying they can not answer the phone and tell you to go to the website which is a dead end. So I can not call anyone to ask, I can not email anyone to ask and the website does not give me an answer. I feel like I am left out in the cold. I can find no option on their website to apply for the extension. I know I am not the only one. How many more weeks before I can even get a human on the phone? What if we get disconnected, will it take weeks more to get through again?

    1. Feel your pain… Though I had been receiving unemployment from last year when my job cut my hours in half.. tried filing what they said I should do to extend and then they denied me and said I am now not eligible..WTF..I’m in Wisconsin..so idk each state is different but.. how can I be eligible 1 week making the same amount and then asking for an extension they said there is no such thing..WHAT..I READ THERE WAS..FOR AN ADTIONAL 13 WEEKS… MY JOB CAN’T OFFER ME MORE HOURS RITE..NOW SO IM SCREWED NOW.. I HOPE TO GET MY FULL TIME HOURS AND A PROMOTION BACK BUT CANT WITH COVID CRAP SHUT DOWNS..
      anyone have any advice for me? I am counting on this extra money to pay my health insurance because I can’t get any thru work because I am only part time..and my husband is perminetly disabled so can’t get a job to supplement income.. I’m in sales and no one is really hiring for hospitality sales at this time..I love who I work for and have a chance for full time again after this crap..so I feel so stuck.. can any one help ??

  35. Hello my name is Trina I live in Maryland and I’m very confused on how to go about applying for unemployment I have exhausted all my benefits are exhausted them last year of 2019 in April I was wondering do I qualified for the new program due to the coronavirus I am also not working so I don’t get benefits at all would I be able to apply online because we’re going to have a new application I guess for emergencies opening up April 24 I just want to know if I qualify or not

  36. Hi I live in ohio and my unemployment ran out the beginning of March. Am I eligible for the 13 week extension?

  37. I already received all my benefits last February 2020, but due to Covid-19 I’m still unemployed, am I eligible to receive that 13 weeks extension in California?

      1. Except the system wont let you apply even though on the CA EDD Website it says that you can apply for PUA as of today. There is no way to apply if you’ve exhausted all your benefits, the system will not allow you to. That’s Cali for you. If you find a workaround, please email me. Thanks.

        1. I’m in the same situation as Bryan and Beverly. I have exhausted my benefits for this year and can’t file a new claim till July. But I still can’t work because of the virus. How will I be able to receive the extra weekly $600? So Confusing! If you already have a claim open–but can’t reapply–why don’t they just automatically put the extra $600 on your prepaid card?

        2. When I spoke to 2 different people today at EDD, they say that there are so many people trying to certify/reapply, that you need to just keep trying.

        3. I’m trying to figure that out too! I’ve exhausted my benefits as well and the claim is still open until 9/5/2020.

  38. Hi, I am in S.C and my regular benefits run out this sunday- so the 27th will be my last payment. What do I do to get this 13 weeks? I see nothing about it anywhere in mybenefits portal… or on the main site. Do you have to fill something out, or what? You call & they are so busy you don’t even get put on hold- it just hangs up on you! Help plz!

    1. I am in Sc and getting the same thing. Last week was my last week. Cannot get any information on how to file. Have you had any luck?

      1. Donna have you had any luck with getting the extension? Move exhausted last week and I don’t know how to re-file or what to do.

        1. I have not had any luck either. I have read that they should have it in place by may 1st.

    2. I just off the phone with EDD where I spoke to a supervisor.

      In CA, if you have exhausted all your benefits, yes you are eligible for the 13 week extension + $600/week.

      On Tuesday, April 28th, there will be a PUA Re-Certify area on their website. You will need to re-certify for benefits on this form. The form will ask questions say “independent contractor, self-employed, etc” but you will need to complete this.

      1. Hi Ginger, do you know if we should utilize the PUA re-certify option if we currently have an active claim? (I’m sure this is a bit of a confusing question, so allow me to clarify: my previous claim expired April 4th and my new claim began April 19th, so technically from April 4th to the 19th I should have been eligible for extension funds. What I’m trying to figure out is if I should use the PUA application that goes live tomorrow, Tuesday the 28th, to certify for those 2 weeks in between my previous claim ending and my new claim beginning)

        If the manager did not provide you with that info, that’s fine. But just figured I’d take a long shot and ask since I’ve been calling all day and can’t get through to anyone.

      2. Where is the form? I’ve been all over the website for the past 3 hours and nothing is there and it won’t let you certify for a new claim if you have exhausted your benefits. I tried by creating a new profile and login for UIOnline and it brought up the new form for PUA but as soon as you put your SS info in it……………you get an error message that says your not eligible. Its all bullshit here in this state ……. kindof like Hollywood.

      3. Ginger, Did you find the link? There is no link on my account and I exhausted my benefits on 04/11/2020 and has a zero balance. I’m also in California. Can someone please shed some light on this?

        1. Mine also expired on 4/11 and I’ve searched around on the RDF website until I’m blue in the face and there is no option to do this. I’m thinking they may be taking care of us last? Forget calling. It’s a joke.

      4. Hi Ginger, were you able to re-certify? My benefits have also been exhausted recently and I have been trying since yesterday and this morning to re-certify, however, it will not allow me to. The website tells me to go to “new claim” but honestly, I don’t see that anywhere.

        Are you experiencing similar, or am I just not seeing where to go…? Thanks!

        1. Yes I am having the same problem.

          I spoke to 2 different reps from UI and they both told me that I needed to reapply for UI/PUA. They both gave me directions but neither worked.

          Day 2, I have been calling since 8 am, doing everything it says to do online, no luck so far. This really SUCKS!

  39. Well exhausted my claim the week that the Care Act was signed when I tried to file my last two weeks it would not allow me to file it had me down for inactive I called could not get through like impossible so I got legal aid they was able to get me through and reactivate my claim I was able to file my claim and receive my unemployment but after I file my claim my account went to zero I’m trying to understand that if Pennsylvania started the extension yet or they do not have it in place when I read they say the Care Act that you can get a extension of 13 weeks but my account read zero so when I file I don’t see no money can anybody help explain if they have started the extension or not hopeless

    1. I’m in Colorado and exausted my funds two weeks ago. I called to request payment for this two weeks but because I have a zero balance I didn’t receive a payment. From what I understand you only get the 600 if you where issued any amount of money on your regular claim. But it also says that your supposed to receive that for all weeks since March 29th. So I don’t get why I didn’t receive the 600 from those weeks since I was still receiving my final payment at that time. My claim doesn’t expire untill October so if I file a new claim it will shut it down and all my info is the same since I’m still unemployed. I’m completely lost and this is causing me hardships. It doesn’t make sense why they wouldn’t just extend them if no info has changed and your claim is still active. Also I would think they would of processed it right away since the claim is open and active just a zero balance. I don’t want to do the wrong thing and cause a issue but I can’t even speak with anyone to get this resolved. I’m worried that it could be a month or more before I can get anything going or receive any more funds. I thought ide at least get the 600 for the weeks from March 29th till now because I still received my final payment on my benefits and they where at zero yet. What do we do?

      1. I exhausted my benefits last november. The unemployment website tells me to reopen my claim but when I try it says I have exhausted all of my benefits including federal extension. When I call the phone just beeps what now.

  40. I’m in Georgia I filed for unemployment near the end of March got a letter back in the Middle of April saying my reported Wages was $0 when that’s not true I was working full-time for 5 years before being laid off due to Covid-19 what should I do?

    1. Provide them with a copy of your pay stubs or W2 for 2018 and 2019 base period October 2018 thru September 2019.

  41. I live in California and my UI benefits ran out today they have not automatically extended my benefits and I went online and there is no extension form the extra 13 weeks of benefits I even notified me March 10th that I was told in school no one has yet to get back to me and I have exhausted all of my benefits so what goes on now they say the state was supposed to automatically extended benefits until July I’ve sent emails and I called and no luck now my balance is 0 I have been trying to get through are awake anybody have any answers

    1. Hi. I got ahold of Edd last night as I am in CA and in the same position.
      I was told that yes I am qualified for the 13 week extension as well as the $600/wk even though it says I have $0 balance.
      They said that CA Edd has not implemented it yet, but it should automatically happen within the next 2-3 weeks. There is nothing you need to do. It will automatically happen.

      1. I’m also in the same situation. My ui benefits ran out on March 29th. If they automatically will extend, will we be receiving the back pay as well? I’m still trying to call to get info.

      2. Morning,
        I am in Ca too. I have exhausted all my benefits too. My claim year is good through this October. I have tried to get through on the phone as well. My amount states 0. I was getting the $600 for the last month and I’m assuming I would be qualified for the 13 week extension. I guess we just wait is what I’m gathering from this. It makes me nervous but I know that I am not alone. There are millions awaiting funds. God bless

      3. Thank you so much Ginger for your update. This is very helpful as I have been trying to figure this out as well.

      4. Ginger,

        Just trying to clarify, if benefits run out Sunday, May 3, 2020, the system will automatically give you the 13 week extension? How will they notify us? Do we need to do anything? Did they say when it will be implemented? I had someone tell me to recertify, but believe these are people that have set answers. Thank you in advance.

    2. Hi, I got my LAST chek for my EDD for april11 but it was $1200 more that what I get. That’s this mean my EDD automatically going to extend my benefits? if yes do I have to certify by weekly, there was NO form to certify and my account shows 0.

      1. California EDD has been down since yesterday and will be down until noon today for site maintenance. An EDD spokesperson on KCRA news Sacramento said they are rolling out the Pandemic Assistance Program on the 28th so hopefully we will be able to see something about this 13 week extension for people who have ran out of benefits. I’ve been calling and checking the EDD website since they announced it and there is no information on what to do if you just ran out like I did. My last payment was Apr 11 and I also got extra $1200.

  42. I live in California. Filed unemployment May 9, 2019. Benefits exhausted in November. I started a new job on February 29 and job closed on March 12.
    Will I be on a new claim or qualify for the extended benefits?

  43. I am currently on ui from wa state. Got an email saying 13 weeks extended benefits were now available and to sign up asap when I went to sign up it ask the date I want to restart my claim. Not sure if I what date to put in. Still have till mid May on original claim. Does any one know what date they want

      1. Same scenario for me. Plus it shows this week as paid status but $0 benefits paid. No fun tomorrow trying to get through to WA St unemployment! Uhhg!!

    1. Just went through this and put a past date, April 5th, because it was the last date I was paid by my employer. Since it was a past date it flagged this for missing weekly claims and asked for more information. I explained that I was unable to file for those weeks because the system was not yet updated to process the additional 13 weeks. Now it has me in adjudication so they can further investigate this. So I recommend not doing that and just re-opening your claim for the current week. However, you wouldn’t get paid for the previous weeks you’ve been out of work but will probably get paid a lot faster than sitting in adjudication with your claim pending.

  44. Ok I live in PA. I filed a claim 4/25/2019. I’ve collected partial payments the past year and still have 10 weeks If funds to collect but my year ends 4/28/2020.
    Will I receive the $600 and extended?

  45. I exhausted mine in GEORGIA in October and have worked until the pandemic. I applied for unemployment and have been “allowed” benefits although I was told I can’t get regular unemployment until my calendar year starts again. I was told then the 13 weeks would be added and they can’t confirm if I would get the $600 at all let alone during the weeks I claim before I’m eligible again. Seems unfair. Why can’t I get the regular benefits now and if not why am I not getting the $600 a week for the 3 weeks I claimed already? I pray they fix this.

  46. Hello,
    I received an email today from Edd (CA) that my balance for Unemployment is $0.

    I have been on unemployment since May 2019, and after reading everything and speaking to one of the Edd Reps last week, I assumed I would receive an additional 13 weeks plus $600/week. Am I wrong?

    I have been on the phone all day (they closed at 12:00 pm) and could not reach anyone.

    What do I do? I was counting on that income and don’t know what I will do If this is not correct?

    Thank you!

    1. I’m in the exact same boat! I can’t get through to anyone and have not received any emails or notice via mail regarding my claim. I originally opened my claim last May 2019. I closed my claim to work full time from Oct 19 to Feb 20 got laid off and had to reopen the same claim with a small benefit balance left I have only one week left to claim which I certify on Sunday per the edd website the balance it’s not even enough to cover two weeks So I’m only certifying for one week when I’m supposed to be certifying bi weekly I hope some has an answer I’m worried about what is going to happen here If anyone has any info it would be greatly appreciated.

    2. Apply a new claim of UI benefits. Good luck. I’m going to do the same in 4/28/2020. I’m in unemployment since 4/28/19

      1. Who do I contact it saids I get 0 dollars but still need to report plus haven’t gotten 600 either and my work laid me off because it is a bar help no money except ss and that is just 360 no food and not enough for rent

    3. The $600 are for those eligible to UI receiving AT LEAST $1. Because you are at $0 you won’t be eligible to the $600 yet, apply for PUA as those eligible to it are those not receiving regular UI due to a Covid 19 related reason. The pua program will provide minimum of $167 /a week and in addition $600/ weekly. Hope this helps. I applied for regular UI and have $0, so I am waiting to apply for PUA in the next few days as it is not yet available to
      Those residing in CA. Good luck

      1. Just got the letter in CA with 0 benefits also. Should we not certify and wait for the PUA app on 28th to apply again?
        Self Employed and there wasn’t anything on app… site said to apply anyway using your name as employer which I did. Didn’t get rejected but 0 benefits and didn’t ask for 1099’s. I was under the impression that they would take care of PUA automatically but now I’m not so sure.


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