Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Has Ended 

Under current law, the last Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefits were paid for the week ending July 25. FPUC was the federal CARES Act program that provided an extra $600 on top of a person’s weekly unemployment benefit amount. 

  • The $600 was added to claimants’ unemployment benefits each week for the weeks ending April 4 through July 25.
  • Payment for the week ending Saturday, Aug. 1 will not include the extra $600.
  • The maximum weekly benefit amount in North Carolina without FPUC is $350.
  • If a decision is made on a claim after July 25 and the claimant is owed benefits for any of the weeks ending April 4 through July 25, the benefits paid retroactively for those weeks will include the $600 FPUC benefit.

Claimants should continue filing their weekly certifications to receive their other benefits.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why did the extra $600 unemployment benefit end on July 25?

Why did the extra $600 unemployment benefit end on July 25?

Under the federal CARES Act, the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program ended on July 31, a Friday. 

However, in most states, including North Carolina, the unemployment week ends on a Saturday. The federal government has notified NCDES that the last week for which the extra $600 in FPUC benefits can be paid is the week ending Saturday, July 25. 

According to the U.S. Department of Labor:

“FPUC is not payable for any week of unemployment ending after July 31, 2020. Accordingly, in states where the week of unemployment ends on a Saturday, the last week that FPUC may be paid is the week ending July 25, 2020. For states where the week of unemployment ends on a Sunday, the last week that FPUC is payable is the week ending July 26, 2020.”  (U.S. Department of Labor guidance on FPUC

What happens if a decision has not been made on my claim yet? Can I receive the $600 benefit?

What happens if a decision has not been made on my claim yet? Can I receive the $600 benefit?

If a decision is made on your claim after July 25 and you are owed $600 FPUC payments for any weeks ending April 4 through July 25, you will be paid those benefits retroactively.