• Erica Chan

Unemployment Breakdown

Updated: Sep 11

What happens after you run out of money in your claim? Here is a quick breakdown of how many weeks you may qualify for so you know what will happen with your benefits


Most people applied in March meaning your benefits are probably going to run out soon.


Regular UI (w2 worker):

- Regular UI: 26 weeks

- PEUC: 13 weeks (AUTOMATIC no application)

- FED-ED: 20 weeks (AUTOMATIC but has different eligibility requirements)

PUA (self-employed/1099 worker):

- PUA: 39 weeks

- FED-ED: 7 weeks


Do I need to do anything for the extension? Is it automatic? Where do I apply?

  • It’s automatic. No need to do anything. You can read more about PEUC or FED ED. FED-ED has different eligibility requirements.



How do I apply to PUA after my regular UI claim runs out?

  • You don’t. You would go on PEUC. PUA are for those who do not qualify for regular UI benefits


I have X amount of weeks left... when will it switch?

  • You have to exhaust your benefits before it will automatically put you on PEUC. You have to hit 0 in your account before anything happens


My balance has less than my usual weekly benefit for the very last week. Is there a way to get my usual?

  • If your last week has less than your benefit amount then it will pay you out the remainder, there is not a way to “make up” for your full weekly benefit. You are given an award amount at the beginning of your claim and your claim will last until you use it up entirely (or your claim year ends, whichever happens first). It will not give you anything extra. The reason for a weird remainder on the last week is because you had worked during your claim period which caused you to receive less benefits in the weeks you worked, which means it didn’t take away from your main balance and made your last week an uneven amount.


I have less than 26 weeks, was that incorrect?

  • Not everyone gets 26 weeks depending on how UI determined what you qualify for


LWA update:

- Some people have started seeing the first $300 on their account

- The news release said retroactive distribution would happen over a few weeks so not everyone is caught up, meaning you’re not the only one who is not seeing it in their account


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