Federal Pandemic Unemployment Benefits

Federal Benefits Ended Sept. 4, 2021

The week ending Sept. 4, 2021, was the last payable week for the following federal pandemic unemployment benefit programs:

  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC): Federal extension to state unemployment benefits for people who have exhausted state unemployment insurance benefits. 
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): Federal benefits for the self-employed or people who are otherwise ineligible for state unemployment insurance benefits and extensions, and who unable to work as a direct result of COVID-19 each week. 
  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC): Supplemental $300 weekly benefit paid in addition to a claimant’s state benefits, PEUC or PUA. 
  • Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC): Additional $100 a week for claimants receiving state benefits or PEUC who also meet requirements for self-employment income. 

Benefits that are owed to claimants for any weeks ending before Sept. 4 will be paid retroactively.

FAQs: End of Federal Pandemic Benefits

State Unemployment Insurance Benefits 

The state unemployment insurance benefit program will remain in place. Under state law, these benefits currently provide eligible claimants with up to 13 weeks of benefits in a one-year period, with a maximum benefit of $350 a week. 

To be eligible for state unemployment insurance benefits:

  • You must be unemployed due to no fault of your own. The Division of Employment Security will make this determination based on information provided by you and your last employer.
  • You must have earned sufficient wages in employment that was subject to unemployment insurance tax.
  • You must be physically able and available to work. 
  • You must be actively seeking work, and you must register for work with NCWorks.gov or your resident state's job service office.

Learn more about state unemployment benefits.

Resources for Jobseekers

People who are seeking employment are encouraged to take advantage of the programs and resources available through NCWorks to get connected to job opportunities and training. Find more information and search for Career Center locations at www.NCWorks.gov.

As federal unemployment benefits end, there are other programs and resources available that may help North Carolinians who qualify with rent, utilities, food, health care or other needs.

Other Programs and Resources.