Marcia Hultman

Cabinet Secretary

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CARES Act - Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)


In short, the PEUC program provides eligible individuals with up to 13 additional weeks of benefits to individuals who have exhausted their regular unemployment compensation (UC) entitlement.

PEUC became payable for the week ending April 4, 2020. The last payable week for PEUC benefits is the week ending Dec. 26, 2020. 

The cost of PEUC benefits is 100% federally funded. Employers cannot be charged for any PEUC benefits paid. Implementation costs and ongoing administrative costs are 100% federally funded. 

Basic Eligibility Requirements

PEUC is a temporary program providing up to 13 weeks of 100% federally funded benefits to individuals who: 
  • Have exhausted all rights to regular compensation under state law or federal law with respect to a benefit year that ended on or after July 1, 2019; 
  • Have no rights to regular compensation with respect to a week under any other state UC or federal UC law, or compensation under any other federal law; 
  • Are not receiving compensation with respect to a week under the UC law of Canada; and  
  • Are able to work, available to work and actively seeking work. Beginning Aug. 2, 2020, and after, unemployment claimants must report at least two work search activities in the weekly payment request to be eligible. This is effective for the claim week ending Aug. 8, 2020. Failure to do so will result in ineligibility and no payment for that claim week. This requirement was previously waived due to the COVID-19 pandemic. View more details and exceptions.

An individual has exhausted benefits when: 

  • No payments of regular UC may be made under state law because such individual has received all available regular UC based on employment or wages during the individual’s base period; or
  • The individual’s right to regular UC benefits has been terminated by reason of expiration of the benefit year with respect to which such rights existed (excluding any benefit year that ended before July 1, 2019). 

Applying for Benefits

PEUC claims are now being taken. Claims can be backdated if the individual meets the eligibility requirements under PEUC.

Individuals can reopen their claim if their benefit year has not ended. If unable to reopen, then individuals must file a new initial claim. You can file a claim online or by telephone. Filing online is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To file by telephone, contact the Claims Call Center at 605.626.3179, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. (Central Time). For TTY service, dial 711 or 800.877.1113. Translator services available on request.

Benefit Amount

Total unemployment

  • Equal to the weekly benefit amount payable under regular state UC and applicable state law, and
  • The additional weekly $600 benefit under FPUC, payable for weeks of unemployment ending on or before Friday, July 31, 2020. (Claim week ending Saturday, July 25)

Partial and part-time unemployment

  • Equal to the weekly benefit amount payable under partial or part-time unemployment under regular state UC and applicable state law, and
  • The additional weekly $600 benefit under FPUC, payable for weeks of unemployment ending on or before Friday, July 31, 2020. (Claim week ending Saturday, July 25)

What Happens Next

After you file for benefits you will receive in the mail:

  • A Monetary Determination of Benefits showing what your weekly benefit amount will be and your total amount of benefits, if you are monetarily eligible.
  • A Claimant Checklist with instructions on how and when to file a weekly request for payment.
  • The Facts About Reemployment Assistance Benefits handbook (Adobe PDF format) with instructions and answers to many of your questions. You’re responsible for knowing the requirements and following the rules.

Watch for and read any information we send to you. The information may be time sensitive and affect your eligibility for benefits.

Once you have filed your claim, it will be reviewed to determine if your circumstances meet the eligibility requirements of the Reemployment Assistance program. The information you provide is verified to ensure only those entitled to benefits receive them. It is important to always give complete and true information. Misrepresenting or knowingly withholding information is considered fraud. If you commit fraud you may be denied benefits for future weeks, be required to pay back benefits you received, and be subject to additional penalties.

If there are no issues to be investigated, you will receive a final eligibility determination by mail within 21 days of receiving your Monetary Determination.

File a Weekly Request for Payment

when to file weekly request

You must file a weekly request for payment each week to receive benefits.

The claim week begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday at midnight. You cannot request your weekly payment until the week is over. Many claimants are trying to file too soon. Remember, your request is for the previous week. See our Weekly Request for Payment page for more information.

Your Responsibilities

It is your responsibility to give accurate answers to any questions asked in regard to your initial claim and weekly requests for PEUC benefits. Failure to furnish requested documents or information might result in benefits being delayed or denied.

All information is subject to verification. PEUC benefits are provided through federal funds. Criminal and/or civil penalties for violation of federal and/or state laws will be enforced for willfully making false statement or concealing information to obtain or increase your PEUC benefits.