Pennsylvania launches program for people who exhaust unemployment compensation benefits

Pennsylvania

Information about the program has been emailed or sent in the mail to all individuals who potentially qualify

A man walks past a closed business Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

A man walks past a closed business Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in Shaker Heights, Ohio. The U.S. economy shrank at a 4.8% annual rate last quarter as the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the country and began triggering a recession that will end the longest expansion on record. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WKBN) – The Pennsylvania Dept. of Labor and Industry announced the launch of Pennsylvania’s Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC).

The program will help provide an additional 13 weeks of benefits to people who exhaust their regular unemployment compensation.

PEUC is included in the new federal unemployment compensation benefits provided by the CARES Act and other coronavirus aid. The state has paid out nearly $7.4 billion in unemployment benefits since mid-March.

Information about the program has been emailed or sent in the mail to all individuals who potentially qualify.

You are eligible for PEUC if you: 

  • Are unemployed between March 29 through December 26, 2020;
  • Have exhausted your regular state or federal benefits with week ending July 6, 2019 or later;
  • Are currently not eligible for state or federal unemployment benefits; and
  • Are able and available to work and actively seeking work, except for COVID-19-related reasons including illness, quarantine, or “stay at home” orders.

Regular UC claim statistics are available here and the breakdown of that data by industry and county is here. PUA claim statistics are available here.

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