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Guide Overview of unemployment assistance benefit programs

If you've lost your job you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Learn about the different unemployment programs to find the one that's right for you.

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Overview

The Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) offers several benefit programs for people who have lost their job, or had their hours greatly reduced, and are able to work. 

Those programs include: 

  • Unemployment Insurance (UI) 
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) 
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) 
  • Unemployment Extended Benefits (EB) 

This guide explains the different programs and has resources to help you decide which one you should apply for. 

Unemployment Insurance (UI)

Unemployment Insurance (UI) is the traditional unemployment benefits program for people who work for an employer and have earned at least $5,100 in the past year. It provides up to 39 weeks of assistance in a benefit year. 

Additional Resources for Unemployment Insurance (UI)

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is a new, temporary unemployment assistance benefit program for people who are unable to work due to COVID-19 and who are not eligible for traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. If you are self-employed, an independent contractor, or otherwise not eligible for UI benefits, this program may be right for you. You must be able to work and available to work. PUA provides up to 79 weeks of unemployment benefits. 

Additional Resources for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) is a new, temporary federal program that provides up to 53 additional weeks of benefits to people who have exhausted all rights to any traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.  The PEUC program will conclude the week ending September 4, 2021.

Key Actions for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

Unemployment Extended Benefits (EB)

If you have exhausted all rights to regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and exhausted PEUC benefits, eligible UI claimants will see an application for Extended Benefits in their UI Online account. Federal Unemployment Extended Benefits (EB) are available for up to 13 weeks for certain eligible UI claimants. 

Key Actions for Unemployment Extended Benefits (EB)

Health care, food, and other kinds of assistance

If you’re unemployed, you may need help getting health insurance, paying for food, or utilities. The state has some resources that can help get you back on your feet. 

Key Actions for Health care, food, and other kinds of assistance

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