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Who is eligible for PEUC?
You are eligible for PEUC if:
- You are unemployed for weeks within the time frame of March 29, 2020 through March 13, 2021.
- You exhausted your regular state or federal benefits after July 6, 2019;
- You are not currently eligible for state or federal unemployment benefits; and
- You are able and available to work. Please note, however, that Governor Work has temporarily suspended the work registration and work search requirements pursuant to the COVID-19 Disaster Declaration.
Please note: Generally, you must exhaust all PEUC benefits before accepting EB or PUA benefits.
However, the new federal Continued Assistance Act allows an individual who previously exhausted PEUC and then started receiving EB to continue receiving EB payments even though the PEUC program was extended to March 13, 2021. Learn more about Extended Benefits here.
Similarly, an individual who previously exhausted PEUC and then started receiving PUA may continue receiving PUA payments for a maximum of four weeks. The Department will work toward placing all such individuals back on PEUC claims during those four weeks.
It is fraudulent to accept payment on two different programs for the same claim week.
How do I know if I exhausted my benefits?
You have exhausted your benefits when:
You are not eligible for regular UC benefits because you have received the maximum number of weeks of these benefits available to you based on your employment during your base period; OR
Your benefit year ended on or after July 6, 2019.
If you currently have an open UC claim, there is nothing for you to do other than continue filing your bi-weekly claim. You will automatically receive the 24 weeks of PEUC benefits.
If your benefit year has expired and you wish to apply for PEUC, apply for PEUC online here. Your benefit year expires one year (52 weeks) after your regular unemployment application for benefits date.
For example, if you applied for benefits on February 1, 2019, and have not worked since, your benefit year expired on February 1, 2020. You may be eligible for PEUC benefits and must submit an application to possibly receive these benefits. They will not automatically be set up for you because your benefit year has ended.
How much is the PEUC weekly benefit amount?
Your PEUC weekly benefit amount is the same as your regular UC weekly benefit rate.
Your weekly benefit rate is based on your reported earnings during the base year (the first four of the last five completed quarters). You must also have at least 18 credit weeks (weeks during which you earned $116 or more) in your base year to be eligible for UC.
Click here to find out how to calculate your weekly benefit rate.
I heard everyone collecting UC gets an extra $300 a week. Will I get that through PEUC?
Yes. All individuals collecting any type of UC, including PEUC, will receive $300 per week from the Federal
Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, in addition to their weekly benefits as calculated. FPUC payments began the week ending January 2, 2021 and will end March 13, 2021. These payments will be backdated for eligible individuals.
The PEUC program now has a phaseout period. Those who are receiving PEUC as of the end of the program and have not yet exhausted their PEUC entitlement may continue to collect PEUC if they have remaining entitlement and are otherwise eligible to receive these benefits until April 5, 2021.
However, the FPUC program will end March 13, 2021 and no FPUC will be payable with respect to weeks of PEUC for any weeks after March 13, 2021.
I filed a new UC claim recently. Am I eligible for PEUC?
In general, individuals collecting regular UC are eligible for 26 weeks of benefits. If you are still unemployed after 26 weeks, you may be eligible for up to 24 additional weeks of benefits through PEUC.
I exhausted my benefits before July 1, 2019 and have not worked since then. Am I eligible for PEUC?
No. However, depending on when you last reported income, you may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which provides benefits to those individuals who do not have enough wages in their base year to file a regular UC claim. Your unemployment must also be a direct result of a COVID-related reason as set forth in the CARES Act to qualify for PUA. Please visit our PUA FAQs to find out more.
I exhausted my benefits on or after July 1, 2019 and have not worked since then. Am I eligible for PEUC?
You may be eligible for up to 24 weeks of PEUC if you remain unemployed and cannot qualify for a new regular unemployment claim.
I was collecting unemployment after July 1, 2019, but then went back to work. Now I am laid-off again. How many weeks of UC am I eligible for?
The UC program pays up to 26 weeks of benefits. The PEUC program provides eligible individuals with up to 24 additional weeks of benefits after you have exhausted your regular UC. You may be eligible for at least 50 total weeks of benefits.
How long will PEUC be available?
PEUC is available beginning the week ending April 4, 2020 through March 13, 2021.
Individuals that are receiving PEUC as of the end of the program and have not yet exhausted their PEUC entitlement may continue to collect PEUC if they have remaining entitlement and are otherwise eligible to receive these benefits until the week ending April 10, 2021.
PEUC is paid either by direct deposit or debit card.
If you signed up to receive your UC benefits by direct deposit within the last two years, your PEUC payments will be deposited directly into your bank account and you do not need to submit a new direct deposit application. If you received UC benefits most recently by debit card, your PEUC payments will be made to you by debit card unless you choose direct deposit.
If you have lost your debit card, contact U.S. Bank ReliaCard® at 888-233-5916 or 888-233-5916 TTY.