Millions of Americans and their families lost their access to unemployment insurance in the event of a pandemic as several major programs ended over the weekend.
Going forward, starting August 14, the 2.8 million people who perceive the traditional UI will no longer see the $ 300 per week increase. Some 5.4 million people drawn to pandemic unemployment assistance, which supports people who have traditionally not been eligible for assistance, including freelancers and gig workers, will lose their unemployment benefits entirely.
A third program, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, will no longer support long-term unemployed people who have exhausted their state benefit window, which is typically 26 weeks but varies by state. By mid-August, around 3.8 million people were collecting PEUCs.
Workers who lose PEUC in certain states may be eligible for ongoing assistance by going to Extended Benefits, EB, which is a federally funded assistance program that begins based on their state’s unemployment rate.
These benefits are currently in place in a handful of states, but many are expected to expire shortly after the program is not 100% federally funded through the American Rescue Planning Act later this week.
California, Illinois, Nevada and Texas will end their EB programs after September 11.
But EB will continue for up to 13 weeks of additional jobless assistance to eligible residents of Connecticut, New Jersey and New Mexico.
Eligibility requirements for EB are different from PEUC, so you may need to apply for the new program separately with your state. In some states that offer EBs, such as California and New Jersey, you may be automatically transferred to the program when you authenticate for your weekly benefits. You can check with your state’s Department of Labor for specific information about qualifying for and applying for an EB.
The Biden administration had previously called on states to use coronavirus emergency funds to provide additional benefits to millions of people across the country. But several state labor departments have confirmed that they have no intention of offering or providing any additional benefits on their own.
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