Will My PUA and PEUC Unemployment Benefits End Even if I Have a Balance or Weeks Left to Claim at Year End

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This article was last updated on December 22

Updated following passage of new $900 Billion Stimulus Package. Prior to the passing of the new stimulus bill with enhanced unemployment benefit funding, the answer was Yes. But now that the bill has passed, both PUA and PEUC programs have been extended by 11 weeks for a maximum of 50 weeks. This does not include any state extended benefits being provided in some states. The new funding extension means those who had remaining claim balances will get to keep them and get the 11 week extension after December 26th 2020. Those who had exhausted claim balances earlier in the year will get the additional weeks retroactively to when their balance ran out. See more on how these retroactive payments would work in this article.

Note that the new funding extension is only till March 14th 2021, so if you have weeks left after this point then unless there is another stimulus bill for more pandemic unemployment funding you would then lose any unclaimed weeks.


[November 2020 update] Unfortunately yes. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program’s federal funding (under CARES act) have a hard stop once individuals meet their maximum number of weeks or by the week ending Dec. 26.

So even if eligible recipients have a balance or weeks of benefits left at the year end expiry date, and millions of unemployed workers will be in this boat, they won’t be getting these payments in 2021 unless Congress extends unemployment benefits via a new COVID stimulus package.

The largest share of affected workers with expiry of these federal programs are in California, Texas and New York, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Pennsylvania

Extended state benefits may however be available to some unemployed workers in states where unemployment rates are higher than pre-specified thresholds (see below for further details). See more details here.

2020 Enhanced Unemployment Benefits Flow

2020 to 2021 Retroactive Unemployment Benefits

The year end expiry of PUA and PEUC benefits will also likely mean that payment of any retroactive supplementary benefits under the $600 FPUC and $300 LWA programs will also be unavailable for new claimants who may have been eligible for these programs when there in effect. The payment of further supplementary unemployment benefits will again be dependent on Congress passing a new stimulus bill that includes additional unemployment insurance funding.

22 thoughts on “Will My PUA and PEUC Unemployment Benefits End Even if I Have a Balance or Weeks Left to Claim at Year End

  1. I am so confused of what is happening. I began unemployment in Feb, 2020. I received 26 weeks but during this the pandemic started one month after I lost my job. After the 26 weeks I got PEUC for 13 weeks I believe and then received EB which was supposed to be for 10/11 weeks I think (I had a balance of $1000) and my benefit year ended 1/2/21. So I stopped getting benefits. My question is will it stop completely and I will not be eligible for PUA? I was told open a claim. So I did that today , just a regular claim like I Initially did in the beginning but I am so worried about being denied! How is anyone to find a job today??? Can someone please help ease my
    Mind what to do if the benefit year ended.

  2. I have lost my email address that I gave to y’all how do I give you my new email address change it so that y’all can contact me

  3. I was on pua cut off in December the 26th when will I get something else

  4. I received my last pua payment on December the 9th I have not yet received another payment in the new year which I thought started the second of January can you please help me on this matter to understand better

    1. My 39 weeks ran out like the last week of November. So curious, do I refile or what? Because I can’t file any weekly claims online because I already had 39 wks.

  5. I am pua UI in Ohio, I still have a balance, and I read it may roll over but when can we start filing claims again, and I am confused whats the difference in UI and pua? Is there a way to file an extension I called and they told me no

  6. I have been filing my weekly p e u c
    Evry week but i have not received
    My payments yet?
    and i called and they said to give it a week or
    Two ,
    But im still waiting for Virginia unemployment so pay me my back pay and my regular unemployment p e u c
    can anyone please let me know how long it will take for me to receive my one lump sum payment along with my back pay?

  7. I would like to know why I didn’t receive the extra 600 weekly PUA self employed only got alittle from the states not from the federal since March job was close due to the Pandemic what should I do

  8. It is a shame that professional adults can not come together and compromise in these desperate times of need. What ever happened to compassion in this world? God bless everyone to find alternative resources to put food on your table, electricity in your home as well as the internet so our children can attempt online learning as we walk thru this horrible situation.

    1. But even though the cut off date is Dec 26th, my 26 weeks ran out last Wednesday, the 9th. I know it isn’t much, but shouldn’t I still get the 13 weeks extension up until the 26th of December. It’s only a few more weeks but with holidays, sure would be useful. So I’m thinking the 13 week extension should cover me for the week of the 12th, 19th and lastly the 26th and then cut off. So does anyone know how the 13 week ext works? I’ve been told simply to certify tomorrow, which is my normal certification date and then the balance would renew. Then I’ve been told I need re-apply a new claim or re-open the existing one. But when I log on to my account, it still shows active. Basically, just hoping I can somehow squeeze 3 more weeks of unemployment. Thanks for anyone knowledgeable on this or has gone thru it themselves. God Bless.

      1. PUA program ends December 26 2020…. it doesn’t matter if you did or did not get all your benefits under such program

      2. Did you apply for the PEUC? After your weeks run out you still had to apply for it. Hit the Tab FEDERAL EXTENDED BENEFITS and it will easily walk you through.

  9. I suppose to start calling on April/1/2020, I was calling,answer 2 questions then when I wait for an agent to talk,phone hang up all the time,then I did it on computer,it went through,I start collecting,but I wanna know if I’m able to get those weeks from april n up as retroactive payment,somebody to answer n tell me what to do soon.

  10. I received the 600 before it expired and I’ve been patiently waiting for a new stimulus because my unemployment runs until March. So since I will lose my benefits come Dec 26 because I’m in the midst of my extension does this mean in 2021 if and when they pass a new one I’ll get retro benefits? I’m basically saying I’m not a new claimant so I should get them right?

    1. I think it is dependent upon which program you are on. For example, a PUA recipient would lose any existing balance as of Dec. 26th if my understanding is correct. You would only be allowed to collect 11 weeks of benefits unless Congress changes it.

  11. Please help. I have nothing left to live on and this was my only day of hope. It really was. I’m 66 and a housekeeper. There hasn’t been work since Covid.

  12. I applied June 21 and have done everything asked of me. I haven’t received anything at all. They telle when I call that all is in order. This Sunday I filed and it said reopen. It’s my 43 week. They said an adjudicator was looking aty file. Does that mean I will receive nothing? All of it would be retroactive. I’m devastated.

      1. I have not received anything in 2021 since the cutoff of December 26th for pua what do I do or what is going on

        1. I have 13 vouchers with no issues found. They say not paid due to weeks not claimed. What does this mean and we’ll I get my back pay from this vouchers

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