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Federal unemployment benefit extensions in 2022 for PUA, PEUC programs. 

Federal unemployment benefit extensions in 2022 for PUA, PEUC programs. 

In this article, you will find relevant information on federal unemployment benefit extensions in 2022 for PUA, PEUC programs.

As enhanced federal unemployment benefit programs such as PUA, PEUC, $300 FPUC and $100 MEUC expire after September 6, 2021, there was much talk about what would happen next and when missing and back payments would be made.

But, claimants have continued to have access to traditional state unemployment. Which is why they will leave many in the lurch, because they will not qualify for traditional state unemployment under the new rules. Or if they do qualify, the maximum amount of state unemployment benefits is barely enough to live on.

States not extending enhanced benefits.

According to the latest update, none of the state unemployment agencies have extended enhanced unemployment benefits, even though already approved stimulus funds have been available for states to use and President Biden has called for them to do so.

It appears that the primary reason is the high cost of running these enhanced UI programs (PUA, PEUC, etc.), which were originally paid for with the federal funds that were appropriated to administer them. The cost of running and administering these programs has amounted to hundreds of millions of dollars.

Extending benefits to a smaller percentage of the population is politically very difficult to justify because of the falling unemployment rate and the problems that have persisted and that businesses face in filling vacancies.

No Biden Executive Order. States have funds to extend unemployment benefits.

The Biden Administration confirmed that they will not push to extend federally funded unemployment benefits beyond September 6 through an Executive Order or Congressional action. In addition, they have encouraged states with high unemployment to use some of the existing $350 billion in ARPA stimulus that was allocated for State and Local Fiscal Recovery (SLFR) initiatives.

There is wide latitude for the use of the funds by governors and state departments, which includes funding for emergency unemployment benefits. Those states that terminated participation early in federal unemployment programs may also use them to extend benefits if warranted.

Some claimants may be eligible for state extended benefits (SEB). But, after Sept. 4, all claimants must have a regular UI claim in order to continue receiving those benefits.