FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2020
Pennsylvania Launches Program for People who
Exhaust their Unemployment Compensation Benefits
an additional 13 weeks of benefits
than $7.9 billion in total unemployment benefits paid since mid-March
PA – Pennsylvania
Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak today
announced the launch of Pennsylvania’s Pandemic Emergency
Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program to provide an additional 13 weeks of benefits to people
who exhaust their regular unemployment compensation (UC).
included in the new
federal unemployment compensation benefits provided by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief,
and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Pennsylvania has implemented all programs under the new CARES Act and paid out
nearly $7.4 billion in total unemployment benefits since mid-March.
information about the extended benefits program follows and has also been
emailed or mailed via the United States Postal Service to all individuals who
potentially qualify for PEUC.
You are eligible for PEUC if
unemployed between March 29 through December 26, 2020;
exhausted your regular state or federal benefits with week ending July 6, 2019 or later;
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”
to Receive PEUC
you have an open UC claim but exhausted all of your benefits, the 13
additional weeks will automatically be added to your existing claim. Log
in this week to file biweekly claims for prior weeks, back through the
week ending April 4 (if applicable).
- If your
benefit year has expired then you must submit an application online.
you don’t have access to computers or the internet, you can have a loved
one or friend print the paper application for you to complete and submit via mail. We are also in
the process of mailing paper copies of the application to individuals who
might need it.
claims and payments work the same way as for regular UC benefits.
PEUC Weekly Benefit
- Your PEUC
weekly benefit amount is the same as your regular UC weekly benefit
weekly benefit rate is based on your reported earnings during the base
year (the first four of the last five completed quarters). You must also
have over 18 credit weeks (weeks during which you earned $116 or more) in
your base year to be eligible for UC.
Extra $600 on
- You will
receive an additional $600 per week from the federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program.
Anyone collecting any type of UC, including PEUC, will receive the extra
$600 per week in addition to your weekly benefits as calculated.
- FPUC payments
began the week ending April 4, 2020 and will end July 25, 2020. These
payments will be backdated for eligible individuals and paid in one lump
- You will
receive the extra $600 FPUC payments the week after your PEUC
Since March 15, the
department has made 15.7
million payments to claimants totaling nearly $7.9 billion in benefits:
billion from regular UC
billion from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program
(extra $600 per week)
million from Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
program since, May 7
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.
Visit the commonwealth’s Responding to COVID-19
guide for the latest
guidance and resources for Pennsylvanians or the Pennsylvania Department of
Health’s dedicated coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date
information regarding COVID-19.
CONTACT: Penny Ickes, email@example.com