This article was last updated on May 17
This is a question several readers have been asking following the recent extension of federally funded enhancement benefit programs (PUA, PEUC and $300 FPUC) to September 6th, 2021. However some states, per the table below have already announced they are are ending access for claimants to these programs early, by not accepting federal funding.
Despite this, there are still talks of further extensions in other states to the end of 2021. But this won’t be confirmed till the end of summer and likely to be a very partisan issue with Democrats favoring further extensions and Republicans looking to end all entitlement programs (or end them early as discussed below). In the mean time here are the currently legislated end dates for the federally funded enhanced unemployment benefit programs.
|Unemployment Benefit Program||Current Legislated End Date|
|Regular Unemployment||State Maximum Weeks or BYE date|
|Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)||September 6th, 2021 (Max 79 weeks)|
|Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)||September 6th, 2021 (Max 53 weeks)|
|$300 Extra Weekly Payment (FPUC)||September 6th, 2021 (25 weeks in latest extension)|
|$100 Mixed Earner Payment (MEUC)||September 6th, 2021 (25 weeks in latest extension)|
States Ending Their Federal Unemployment Benefits Program Participation Early
Several states (mainly Republican led ones) have already announced that they are ending their participation in one ($300 weekly) or all the pandemic unemployment benefits programs earlier than the current September 6th, 2021 end-date. The logic of this the labor shortage business are facing is due to the enhanced and supplementary unemployment programs that incentivize and pay workers to stay at home rather than encouraging them to return to the workplace.
The table below shows the early cut-off date for states which are ending their participation in the extra weekly $300 FPUC program and/or the PUA, PEUC, MEUC federally funded programs. This will result in thousands of unemployed workers with active claims losing their benefits when the state opts out of the relevant program.
|States Ending Unemployment Early||Programs Ending?||Termination Date|
|Alabama||$300 FPUC, PUA, PEUC, MEUC||June 19th, 2021|
|Alaska||$300 FPUC||June 12th, 2021|
|Arkansas||$300 FPUC, PUA, PEUC, MEUC||June 26th, 2021|
|Arizona||$300 FPUC||July 10th, 2021|
|Georgia||$300 FPUC, PUA, PEUC, MEUC||June 26th, 2021|
|Idaho||$300 FPUC, PUA, PEUC, MEUC||June 19th, 2021|
|Iowa||$300 FPUC, PUA, PEUC, MEUC||June 12th, 2021|
|Mississippi||$300 FPUC, PUA, PEUC, MEUC||June 12th, 2021|
|Missouri||$300 FPUC, PUA, PEUC, MEUC||June 12th, 2021|
|Montana||$300 FPUC, PUA, PEUC, MEUC||June 26th, 2021|
|North Dakota||$300 FPUC, PUA, PEUC, MEUC||June 19th, 2021|
|Ohio||$300 FPUC, PUA and PEUC (?)||June 26th, 2021|
|South Carolina||$300 FPUC, PUA, PEUC, MEUC||June 30th, 2021|
|South Dakota||$300 FPUC, PUA, PEUC, MEUC||June 26th, 2021|
|Tennessee||$300 FPUC, PUA, PEUC, MEUC||July 3rd, 2021|
|Utah||$300 FPUC, PUA, PEUC, MEUC||June 26th, 2021|
|West Virginia||$300 FPUC, PUA, PEUC, MEUC||June 19th, 2021|
|Wyoming||$300 FPUC, PUA, PEUC, MEUC||June 19th, 2021|
Note that states which are opting out of PUA and PEUC will also end access to the temporary federal funding the “No Waiting Week program” which is not available under regular state unemployment programs. This will mean a one to two week wait after getting unemployed to be able to claim state unemployment benefits.
Summary of Federally Funded Programs
You can see the diagram below for the various federally funded enhanced benefit programs put in place and extended over the last 15 months, but the current end date for all these program is September 6th (week ending September 4th, in most states). Once these are done, claimants will only be able to get state administrated regular unemployment benefits.
Note that to keep getting unemployment benefits you must meet the criteria specified by the state unemployment agency or department that administers your benefits. For example if you are unable to show proof that you are available to work and searching for a job you benefits could terminate at any time.
Further additional verification and documentation requirements have been added for claimants/applicants in the PUA program. Those unable to meet or provide additional verification activities could also see a lapse or loss of benefits.