Federal benefit programs (PEUC, PUA, FPUC) are ending in September. Learn more.
When you applied for regular unemployment benefits, we told you how much money you could receive per week. This is called your Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA). We also told you the total amount of regular benefits you could receive. This is called your Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA).
If you divide your MBA by your WBA, you can tell how many weeks of FULL payments you will be able to request. Usually it is 26 weeks, but it may be fewer if you have not been working very long. If you work part-time and are only eligible for a partial payment every week, your benefits may also last a little longer than 26 weeks.
When unemployment is high, Congress sometimes passes special laws to extend benefits (so they last longer than 26 weeks).
Regular unemployment benefits always come first.
You must exhaust your regular unemployment benefits before you qualify for any benefit extension programs.
After you transition to a benefit extension program, we may ask you to periodically re-apply for benefits. We do this to check if you have become eligible for regular unemployment benefits again.
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) is a federal extension program for people who have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits. PEUC was created by the CARES Act on March 27, 2020.
Under the original text of the CARES Act, PEUC benefits were available for a maximum of 13 weeks and set to expire on December 26, 2020. Congress has extended the PEUC program several times since then.
The week of August 29 through September 4, 2021 will be the last week for which you can be paid PEUC benefits. You will be able to request payment for that week on or after September 5, 2021. Refer to Federal benefit programs ending in September for more information.
If you see a link to “Apply for Benefits”
Once your benefit account has expired or the balance has reached $0, you may see a notification at the top of your benefit account home page stating you may apply for an extended benefit account.
A link to apply for benefits will also display. Select the “Apply for Benefits” link to apply for an extended benefit account.
Depending on what information we need from you, the Apply for Benefits link will either take you to the PEUC application or the regular UI benefit application. Complete the steps below in order to find out if you are eligible for an additional benefit program.
Keep requesting payments each week while your application is pending.
It may be up to 10 days before we finish our review of your application.
Federal law requires us to confirm that you are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits before you can apply for PEUC. If you are not eligible for a new regular unemployment benefit account, we will allow you to apply for PEUC.
After our review is complete, one of two things will happen:
If you are eligible for a new regular unemployment benefit account, we will establish that account for you. You will receive a new Determination of Benefit Account in the mail. Any pending payments will be made (assuming you meet other eligibility requirements).
If you are not eligible for a new regular unemployment account, you will see a notification that tells you to apply for Pandemic Extended Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). Follow the steps listed above.
On the following page, you will find your account balance.
If you want to know how many weeks of benefits you have left, you need to divide your current account balance by your weekly benefit amount. If you’re not sure of your weekly benefit amount, select the checkbox below the Date Range and then select search (you do not need to change the dates).
Your weekly benefit amount will be displayed below.
Divide your account balance by your weekly benefit amount to determine the number of weeks of benefits you have left.
Please note: if you are working part-time (or working full time off and on), your regular unemployment benefits may last longer than 26 weeks.
If you need assistance with food, housing, mental health, child care, or other basic needs, you can find resources on MN.Gov's Get Help webpage.
Even though things are tough right now, you should look for work every week. Many employers are still hiring, but you may need to look outside of your usual industry or occupation. Online information and services are available through CareerForce.