Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) Program is a temporary federal program available for individuals whose regular unemployment benefits have expired or will expire soon.
- PEUC is available beginning the week ending April 4, 2020, but not for weeks after December 26, 2020.
- PEUC provides 13 weeks of additional unemployment benefits to qualified individuals whose regular unemployment benefits were exhausted on or after July 6, 2019.
- You must wait for your regular unemployment benefits to expire before applying for PEUC.
- Individuals who are currently receiving regular unemployment benefits do NOT need to apply.
- Once the balance of your regular UC benefits is received, you will automatically be enrolled in the PEUC program for the additional 13 weeks of benefits. Individuals whose UC benefit year has expired should file a PEUC claim.
- After filing for PEUC, you'll use the same biweekly filing process that you used for regular UC.
- Eligibility requirements for regular UC are the same for PEUC. For example, you must be
- At least partially unemployed,
- Able and available for suitable work,
- Not disqualified for voluntarily leaving work, and
- Not discharged for willful misconduct.
- You must report all work performed and gross wages earned during weeks claimed.