Your state’s Unemployment Insurance benefits may be expiring soon if you were approved at the start of the pandemic. If you’re still out of work and unsure how you’ll pay the bills when your benefits run out, a low-grade panic may be setting in.
Here are two important things you need to know: One, extensions are available. But, two, they’re not automatic.
In March, the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorized an additional 13 weeks of federal benefits to supplement all state unemployment programs, a provision dubbed Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation or PEUC.
Michele Evermore, senior researcher and policy analyst at the National Employment Law Project, says the 13-week extension will become “incredibly crucial” as state benefits start to expire.
The majority of states offer unemployment programs for 26 weeks. A few states offer more, but Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina and South Carolina