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​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. 

    • The PEUC extension became available March 11, 2021. 

    • PEUC provides up to 53 weeks of additional unemployment benefits to qualified individuals whose regular unemployment benefits were exhausted on or after July 6, 2019.

    • All PEUC claims that received PEUC through March 13, 2020, will be automatically eligible for ARP PEUC through claim week ending September 4, 2021.  

Apply for PEUC

How to Apply for PEUC

When you reach the end of your 26 weeks of Unemployment Compensation (UC), you can continue on to the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) extension program until September. 

Transitioning to Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation 


File for your final week of UC, and then wait until the next day, after your payment has been made and your UC balance is zero. 

When Do I Need to Apply?

Use this example calendar to help you determine when you should apply for PEUC:

During the claim week after your final week of UC, if you try to file weekly for UC you'll see a message notifying you that your claim has expired or has no remaining balance. 

Go back to your dashboard and choose "Start an Unemployment Claim." You will then be walked through the process of starting a PEUC claim.  

Important reminder: You will need to open your PEUC claim by the Saturday after filing your last UC claim. If you miss this deadline and need to request backdating, you will be able to request it while opening your PEUC claim.  

NOTE: You will not be allowed to request backdating beyond the last week filed on your UC claim. 


Eligibility Requirements 

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. 
Note: You MUST wait for your regular unemployment benefits to expire before applying to PEUC.  

More Information

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