Expanded Unemployment (FPUC, PUA, PEUC) Updates and Resources


With nearly 25 million new and continued unemployment compensation claims it is no surprise that the topic of unemployment benefits, especially as it relates to the 2020 enhanced federally funded pandemic unemployment provisions, have generated a lot of interest. I have been writing extensively over the last few months on this topic and received hundreds of comments around the challenges of filing claims, lack of information on the status of filed claims and issues with incorrect amounts. The following is a recap of the most popular articles on this topic, which have been updated with additional information and useful tips, plus dozens of comments from people sharing their challenges, experiences and tips. Also included are links to state specific unemployment resource pages.

COVID 19 Enhanced Unemployment Benefits

As a reminder under the CARES act, there are three types of federal unemployment assistance now available:

• Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): expands eligibility for individuals who are typically ineligible for
Unemployment benefits, for example independent contractors, and self-employed and “gig” workers.
• Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC): provides an additional $600 per week, on top of regular benefits, to all recipients of Unemployment Insurance; retroactive to the week ending April 4, 2020.
• Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC): provides an additional 13 weeks of Unemployment benefits to all recipients.

Also given the volume of questions and as every state has varying unemployment rules, I have started creating specific state unemployment pages to provide information on filing or checking the status of unemployment benefits – FLCAILTXNJMACO, PA, NJ. The list above will grow as I add more state by state resources so please subscribe via the options below to stay connected

Popular Articles on Unemployment Benefits

8 thoughts on “Expanded Unemployment (FPUC, PUA, PEUC) Updates and Resources

  1. Hi my payment reads payment date 7/16/2020 with backpay from April but I haven’t receive any back pay funds

  2. Anyone know if I can expect to receive the $600 FPUC payments if I applied for PUA on July 18, but was not approved until August 3?
    Is the July cutoff based on application date, or approval date?


  3. i have been waiting for backpay for weeks! The payout date keeps changing, im losing everything. i cannot get ahold of anyone, and im very upset. This is a bunch of bull! What am i supposed to do now? now 08/10/2020 is new payout date. ill be homeless before then. Thank you for lying to me goverment! See you under the bridge folks!

  4. Dear Andy,
    I received 13 weeks of PEUC. My file is pending for 5 weeks.

    Received a call from an Unemployment agent today stating, I’m ineligible for the 20 week state extension.

    Is the eligibility for the 20 week extension,
    1) base work weeks 20 Or
    2) wages need to be 40 X the weekly benefit rate

    I worked 15 weeks and waged $22,400.

    Can I file for PUA?

  5. What do I do when my benifits are exostid what do I do to get extentionh ow do I file and how am I suppose to file

  6. Andy,
    My name is Richard. My current UI claim has been denied and Ides is requesting repayment of funds… It baffles me because I initially only applied for pua but to get accepted, I needed to be denied by regular UI terms.
    Ultimately I was not refused regular UI. Even when I insisted I was not eligible under those terms. O was only eligible for pua because I am a gig worker who last worked a regular job in 2019. Bit my gig work was recent during 2020 for over four consecutive weeks selling art. What if anything can I do at this time it is a really big burden at a rough time in our nation’s history. Can you help?

  7. how do I get a hold of someone about the extra 600 a week check in fl if I lost the check

  8. Hi Andy, do you have any idea if they do decide to continue the federal benefit, would somebody who is already on extensions for ui, would they also be extended again, if it passes that is?

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