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 Program||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)|
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.