Pennsylvania is beginning this week to make payments authorized under the extended Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, or PEUC, the state Department of Labor & Industry said.
PEUC provides additional weeks of payments to workers who have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits. Claimants are automatically moved from standard unemployment to PEUC when they qualify.
Like other Covid-19 assistance programs, PEUC ended at the end of last year, but was restarted when Congress extended it as part of the $900 billion relief package passed in December.
According to L&I:
- As of Sunday, Jan. 24, claimants are able to file for 11 additional weeks;
- Claimants who had some of their original 13 weeks left over will also are eligible to receive 11 additional weeks;
- Claimants who were being paid through Pennsylvania's Extended Benefits program must complete those benefits before the PEUC extension can be added to their claims.
For more information, visit the Office of Unemployment Compensation's PEUC page.
Last week, L&I announced the resumption of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA, a program for individuals not covered by standard unemployment, such as freelancers.