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CARES Act Unemployment Benefits Update

Posted on August 26, 2021


Here is an update from the Connecticut Department of Labor concerning the CARES Act unemployment benefits.

Federal unemployment programs authorized under the CARES Act expire on September 4, 2021 in Connecticut. Here’s what you need to know:

What this means for weekly filers:

  • Regular state unemployment (UI) claimants and state extended benefits (EB) claimants will no longer receive the $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) supplement. Filers for UI and EB will continue to do their weekly certification with no interruption in benefits, but benefits will no longer include the FPUC.
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) will end; filers who are eligible to transition to regular state unemployment benefits or state extended benefits will be notified by email with instructions on how to file;
  • The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) supplemental—the weekly $300 ‘plus up’—will end;
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) will end;
  • Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) will end;
  • Some filers, such as those who have open claims in the adjudications or appeals process, may still be eligible for payments for benefit weeks prior to 9/4/21.

The PEUC, PUA, and MEUC programs will not be paid for any weeks after 9/4/21 regardless of the benefits remaining in a claimant’s balance.

There are multiple resources available to help job seekers:

  • Contact one of the CTDOL American Job Centers for job search assistance including career counseling, employment workshops, job postings, and recruitment events.
  • Register on CTHires, the state’s job bank, to search for postings by employer, field of expertise, or geographical location.

For more information please visit- Department of Labor