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Benefit year end

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What is a benefit year?

Your benefit year is the 52-week period when you can receive unemployment benefits on your claim. It usually begins the Sunday of the week you first apply for benefits.

What happens when my benefit year ends?

You are typically entitled to up to 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits during your benefit year.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, additional benefit programs are available. Whether you need to reapply for unemployment when your benefit year ends will depend on your situation and what benefit program you are using. Keep reading for more information about what to do when your benefit year ends.

What to do when you reach the end of your benefit year

If you…

Have not yet reached the end of your benefit year, and have NOT applied for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC):

  • Apply for PEUC immediately, before your benefit year ends
    • TIP: Click “Request PEUC extended benefits” under the Alerts tab.
  • Continue to file weekly claims.

Have reached the end of your benefit year and you did not apply for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC):

  • Log in to eServices and click “Apply for benefits” to fill out a new unemployment application.
  • After you’ve filled out the application, a “Request PEUC extended benefits” link will show up in your alerts. (This may take several days or more.)
  • Click that link and apply for PEUC.
  • Note: As long as you are still eligible for benefits, you will qualify for either regular unemployment or PEUC.

If you are receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)…

Continue filing weekly claims.

  • Additional weeks and funds will be added to your existing claim after March 19, 2021.
  • Your benefit year end date will not change but you are still able to receive benefits through Sept. 4, 2021, as long as you remain eligible.

Do weeks from my previous benefit year carry over to the new one?

If you have weeks of regular unemployment benefits left when your benefit year ends, these weeks do not carry over into the new benefit year.

Something to be aware of

Depending on your situation, we may need to re-evaluate your claim at a later date to ensure you are drawing benefits from the correct program. This is a result of having multiple benefit programs available during the pandemic. We’ll send you a notice with instructions on what to do if this applies to you. Please respond to any notices requiring action by the due date.