When Do Unemployment Benefits End – PUA, PEUC and Regular UI Payments?

This article was last updated on April 14

This is a question a few readers have been asking following the recent extension of federally funded enhancement benefit programs (PUA, PEUC and FPUC) to September 6th. There are already talks of further extensions to the end of 2021, but this won’t be confirmed till the summer. In the mean time here are key items to be aware of when it comes to the end of your unemployment payments.

Unemployment Benefit ProgramEnd Date
Regular UnemploymentState 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)
Unemployment Benefit Program End Dates (unless extended further)
  1. Eligible claimants must first exhaust their state unemployment benefits, before being able to use the federally funded PEUC benefit program (up to 53 weeks). You can see the maximum “standard” state unemployment durations and amounts in this table, which range from 12 to 26 weeks in most states. Some states triggered their extended benefit (EB) programs due to passing mandated high unemployment thresholds, which added 7 to 20 extra weeks of federally funded unemployment benefits. You are generally able to claim your state allotment of UI benefits during a single benefit year (12 month period from your initial claim) and once you pass your benefit year end date (BYE) you will likely have to file a new claim to determine qualification for ongoing benefits.

  2. Underemployed or unemployed Americans who don’t qualify for regular unemployment (e.g freelancers or gig workers) and are eligible for PUA will get up to the maximum of 79 weeks. But they will be required to pass additional identity checks and provide income documentation to substantiate their unemployment claim.

  3. Supplementary unemployment payments like the $300 FPUC and $100 Mixed Earner payment, which are in addition to the eligible state or federal unemployment program payments, will also end on September 6th, covering up to 25 weeks per the latest extension.

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.

2020 to 2021 Enhanced Unemployment Program Extensions – PUA, PEUC and FPUC

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.

11 thoughts on “When Do Unemployment Benefits End – PUA, PEUC and Regular UI Payments?

  1. Hello
    I filed may 15, and had to fight tooth and nail for my benefits. Finally, I was paid February 08, 2021. I now receive uec. I just received a letter about the uec, and my benefit year is up may 15th? Also, they paid me up to NOVEMBER I back pay but 11 weeks are missing. Nov. – Feb in which I filed weekly claims. I had a horrible experience and contacted my state representives office via email many times. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Also, our State is opened and I’m required to look for work. I was under the assumption we have a pandemic going on. My money was exhausted which is adds reason for those 11 weeks but my claim has me extended till Sept. And no money left after the coming week. I’m confused????

  2. I was on the PUA and had $2,380 left in account with weeks to claim. I went in yesterday to claim one week and they were all gone( weren’t supposed to expire until later this week> What happened? Did the upgrade screw mine up in FL?

  3. Thank you Andy for clarifying. Sometimes the NJDOL literature is quite confusing.

  4. In Texas, the maximum available benefit dollar amount is enough to pay your weekly benefit amount for roughly half of your benefit year, or about 24 or 25 weeks. When I exhausted my state benefits and began PEUC benefits, back in Sept. 2020, they set another maximum dollar amount for my PEUC claim, which I am about to reach, and i don’t know if the 2 subsequent time extensions also extended or reset the maximum available benefits again, or were they only extensions of the length of time that PEUC benefits will be available. Wen I hit the maximum benefit amount on my 1st PEUC claim, will I stop receiving benefits, even though there have been 2 extensions of the PEUC program?

  5. After exhausting NJ unemployment benefits, extended benefits and the 11 week extension, does the federal 25 weeks then begin but end by Sept. 4?

    1. I think I’m in that situation too I have been receiving ui since March 2020 and I only have a balance of $469 left so I was wondering if I will be automatically enrolled in the extension as well

      1. According to Andy’s reply, if your balance is from the 11 week extension, the 25 weeks should kick in. However it will end during the first week in September regardless.

      2. Hello Mia,
        What I experienced was the week after my benefits were exhausted (balance to zero), l filed and had a new balance amount of 11 weeks of what my weekly claim was. It appears that when this is finished I would then see the same for whatever is less, 25 weeks or an amount that would last until that first week in Sept.

  6. I received my unemployment benefits for about 2 months then they just suddenly stopped i still have money to claim still unemployed haven’t received anything in over 12 weeks i call and they cannot tell me why. i do not know what else to do . I cannot work due to my pstd . Is there any other resources that could tell me why it just stopped?

    1. Did you have to file a new claim because you reached your benefit year end? Or did you miss a notice or email that you had to submit additional verification/documentation (PUA claimants). These are 2 main reasons for a lapse in benefit. You will need to speak to someone if there are other complications or to reactivate your claim.

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