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These 23 States Are Ending the Extra $300 Per Week in Unemployment Benefits

Lifehacker logo Lifehacker 5/25/2021 Mike Winters
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Citing labor shortages, 23 states have announced that they’re opting out of the federal government’s unemployment assistance program, which includes a top-up of $300 per week on state employment benefits. Here’s a look at which states are ending the payments, and when they’ll get cut off.

Which states are opting out of federal unemployment assistance?

Below is a list of the states opting out of the federal unemployment program, along with the dates in which those benefits will expire. All of the states will opt out of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) $300 weekly top-up payment; expanded Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits for gig and part-time workers; the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) 13-week extension of benefits; and the weekly $100 Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) benefit, which goes to people who have a mix of W-2 and unemployment income.

Your state still might have additional COVID-related unemployment benefits

While these states have opted out of federal programs, they still might have enhanced benefits related to COVID relief—you can check your state’s benefits here. If you require rental assistance, you can also check out this state-by-state list of programs here.

This story was originally published in May 10, 2021 and updated May 24, 2021 to include additional states that have subsequently opted out of federal unemployment benefits, as well as other additional information. 


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