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​Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) 

Please see COVID-19 Important Updates page for the latest message regarding the PEUC program and for the latest news on when payments will resume.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) Extension Update

After the PEUC Program Extension roll-out on January 24, L&I identified and fixed the missing PEUC claim weeks for individuals who last filed benefits for the week on December 26, 2020.

  • Claimants that last filed before Dec. 26 will need to reopen their claim and will begin filing in two (2) weeks.
  • If you need to request backdating for the weeks between January 2 through January 23, please email UChelp@pa.gov.

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. Claimants are automatically enrolled in the PEUC program after they have reached their maximum claim weeks for UC. PEUC was extended to provide 11 additional weeks to eligible claimants.

  • The PEUC extension became available Sunday, January 24, 2021.
  • If you were being paid on the Pennsylvania's Extended Benefits (EB) program before December 26, 2020, you MUST complete your EB benefits before the additional 11 weeks of PEUC can be added to your claim.

General PEUC Program Information

  • PEUC provides 24 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 24 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.
  • You will automatically receive the extra $300 weekly Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) – you do not need to take any action to get this boost.


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.