Benefit Extension Information
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Overview

The number of weeks of unemployment insurance benefits available to you depends on whether you receive Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). The number of weeks also depends on:

  • the date you filed your original claim,
  • whether you claimed full weeks of benefits since the beginning of your claim, and
  • whether there were any breaks in your claim.

The charts below show the maximum number of weeks available under Regular UI and PUA. You can also estimate the number of weeks of benefits available to you by using the online Benefit Weeks Calculator:

 

Benefit weeks calculator

Regular Unemployment Insurance

There are two extension programs in effect for Regular Unemployment Insurance:

  • The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program (PEUC) provides 53 weeks of additional benefits. It went into effect April 5, 2020 and expires the benefit week ending September 5, 2021.

  • The Extended Benefits Program (EB) went into effect the week ending July 5, 2020. As of August 2021, It currently provides up to 13 weeks of additional benefits. (The number of available weeks of EB depends upon New York's unemployment rate. Therefore, it is subject to change.) EB expires the benefit week ending September 5, 2021.

The chart below shows the maximum weeks of benefits that may be available to you based on your Original Claim effective date. Note: Your Original Claim effective date is the Monday of the week in which your claim was filed. You can find it on the Monetary Determination mailed to you or on your Online Services account page.

Regular Unemployment Insurance Claimants

Original Claim Effective Date*

Maximum Number of Benefit Weeks Available

July 2, 2018 - April 20, 2020

26 weeks of regular UI
Up to 53 weeks of PEUC (Ends 9/5/2021)
Up to 13 weeks of EB** (Ends 9/5/2021)

April 27, 2020 - August 31, 2020

26 weeks of regular UI
Up to 53 weeks of PEUC (Ends 9/5/2021)
Up to 13 weeks of EB** (Ends 9/5/2021)

September 7, 2020 and later

26 weeks of regular UI
Up to 13 weeks of EB**

 

*An additional $600 is payable for eligible claims made for the benefit weeks ending April 5, 2020 through July 26, 2020. An additional $300 is payable to eligible claims made for the benefit weeks ending January 3, 2021 through September 5, 2021.  These payments are called Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC).

*Regular Unemployment Insurance recipients may be eligible for additional benefits under the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program. See the LWA program FAQs for details. 

**As of August 2021. The number of available weeks of EB depends upon New York State’s unemployment rate. Therefore, it is subject to change.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Important Update: As of September 5, 2021, several federal unemployment benefit programs, including PUA, PEUC, EB, and FPUC, have expired, per federal law. For more information, visit dol.ny.gov/fedexp.

Recipients of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance are not eligible for PEUC or EB. However, under federal law, PUA recipients may receive up to 57 weeks** of benefits. The chart below shows the maximum weeks of benefits that may be available to you based on your Original Claim effective date. Note: Your Original Claim effective date is the Monday of the week in which your claim was filed. You can find it on the Monetary Determination mailed to you or on your Online Services account page.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Claimants
Original Claim Effective Date* Maximum Number of Weeks Available
January 20, 2020 - March 2, 2020 Up to 57 weeks of PUA
March 9, 2020 - September 5, 2021 Up to 57 weeks of PUA (Ends 9/5/2021)

*An additional $600 is payable for eligible claims made from the weeks ending April 5, 2020 through July 26, 2020. An additional $300 is payable to eligible claims made from the weeks ending January 3, 2021 through September 5, 2021.  These payments are called Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC).

*Pandemic Unemployment Assistance recipients may be eligible for additional benefits under the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program. See the LWA program FAQs for details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act

Frequently Asked Questions about the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020