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Reminder: Help Available as Federal Pandemic Unemployment Benefit Programs End Saturday

09/03/2021

Federal End Date is Sept. 4 for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Programs

Harrisburg, PA – Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Jennifer Berrier today reminded Pennsylvanians that federal unemployment benefits, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), will end tomorrow, Sept. 4. Non-unemployment program resources are available to assist individuals affected by the federal benefit end.

"We have been working diligently to transition Pennsylvanians from federal pandemic unemployment benefits to programs that target the specific challenges they are experiencing," said Secretary Berrier. "I encourage individuals to review the resources we've compiled on our website to find programs that can assist them with their specific needs."

The state Unemployment Compensation (UC) program is not affected by the federal benefit end. Individuals receiving UC should be aware that they will see a decrease in their weekly benefit amount of up to $300 due to the end of the FPUC program. They should also be aware that with the end of the federal PEUC program, which provided additional weeks to individuals receiving UC, the maximum number of weeks of eligibility for individuals receiving UC will return to 26 weeks.

The week ending Sept. 4 is the final week a person who is unemployed can claim for the PUA and PEUC programs. As a reminder, individuals will need to file their claim for the week ending Sept. 4 during the week of Sept. 5 to 11. Individuals who continue to be unemployed will be unable to claim weeks after the week ending Sept. 4 unless they become eligible for a UC claim.

Non-Unemployment Assistance

L&I has compiled a list of non-unemployment benefit programs that can serve as resources and provide assistance. The list is available at uc.pa.gov/COVID19resources.  

The Department of Human Services offers a variety of assistance programs, including: 

  • Medicaid;
  • Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP);
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP);
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program,
  • Child Care Works (CCW) subsidized child care; and,
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). 

Applications for SNAP, Medicaid, and other public assistance programs can be submitted online at www.compass.state.pa.us. Those who prefer to submit paper documentation can print from the website or request an application by phone at 1-800-692-7462 and mail it to their local County Assistance Office (CAO) or place it in a CAO's secure drop box, if available. You do not need to know your own eligibility in order to apply.

Pennsylvanians who need health insurance who do not qualify for Medicaid can explore coverage options through Pennie, the commonwealth's health insurance exchange. Pennsylvanians can learn more at www.pennie.com.

More information about food assistance resources can be found at www.agriculture.pa.gov/foodsecurity. 

Job Search Assistance Available

L&I urges individuals currently enrolled in unemployment programs to take advantage of free jobseeker services offered through PA CareerLink®. These services include access to a free job database, resume assistance, information about reskilling opportunities, and more. 

To schedule an appointment, please contact your local PA CareerLink® office. Find your county's contact information by visiting www.pacareerlink.pa.gov

MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah DeSantis, dlipress@pa.gov  

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