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​Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) 

​Federal CARES Act Update

The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) additional $600 benefit payments will be ending on July 25, 2020. Please visit our Federal CARES page for more information and resources.

The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation or PEUC program is available for individuals whose regular unemployment benefits have expired or will expire soon. It is available beginning with week ending April 4, 2020, but not for weeks after December 26, 2020.
PEUC is a temporary federal program that provides 13 weeks of additional unemployment benefits to qualified individuals whose regular unemployment benefits were exhausted on or after July 6, 2019.
You cannot apply in advance. You must wait for your regular unemployment benefits to expire before applying for PEUC.
Learn more about PEUC in our Information and Instructions for Pennsylvania PEUC Claimants Brochure (UCP-26). You can also check out our PEUC FAQs for additional information.

Who should apply?

  • Any individual who received a UC payment after July 5, 2019, and has since exhausted their 26 weeks of unemployment benefits can file for PEUC benefits. Eligibility requirements for regular UC are also applicable to 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.
Individuals who are currently receiving regular unemployment benefits must NOT file in advance. After you are paid the balance of your UC benefits, the department automatically adds the 13 weeks of PEUC benefits for you. Filing in advance will result in having your application discarded. 

What Happens Next?
  • You’ll receive a PEUC Financial Determination via U.S. Postal Service in the mail.
  • L&I will conduct an eligibility review and will contact you, if needed.
  • Biweekly Filing – This is the most important, similar to regular unemployment, you will need to continue Biweekly filing:
      • If you’re automatically enrolled (still within your regular unemployment benefit year): Use your same UC PIN and continue your biweekly filing.  
        • If your biweekly claim in inactive and you know you have multiple UC claims on file, it is possible that your claim did not set up because space for new claims was limited. We are working toward a remedy and will post updates here. 
        • If you were recently paid for one week only, your biweekly cycle may have shifted so you will need to begin your biweekly filing the week after you filed for your regular unemployment benefits. Along those same lines, if your last week of a UC payment was week ending May 9, it is currently 1 week too early to file for your first two weeks of PEUC.

      • PEUC Applicants (your unemployment year expired, and you applied for PEUC): You will also use the UC PIN from your previous claim, you will begin your biweekly filing once your application has been processed and you receive your PEUC financial determination.
Note: Be sure to log in and check the Biweekly Claims portal each week from Sunday - Friday to see if your PEUC weeks are available to claim. After the first time you file your biweekly claims, continue filing every other week.
If you no longer have your previous UC PIN, please request a new PIN through our online form.
Learn more about the Federal CARES program and for specific program benefit details, read our Notice of CARES Act Programs Potentially Available to You.

The PEUC Benefits Application is also available in paper format to print and mail. 

Have you lost your health insurance? Visit PA Insurance Department's Health Insurance Options webpage for information on options available to you and your family.