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 24 weeks of additional benefits. It went into effect April 5, 2020 and expires the benefit week ending March 14, 2021. Claimants who have an established PUA claim on or before March 14, 2021 and are still eligible for additional weeks may continue to claim for benefits until they have collected the maximum number of weeks (57 weeks) or the week ending April 11, 2021, whichever comes first.

  • The Extended Benefits Program (EB) went into effect the week ending July 5, 2020. It currently provides up to 20 weeks of additional benefits. (The number of available weeks of EB depends upon New York's unemployment rate. Therefore, it is subject to change.)

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 24 weeks of PEUC (Ends 3/14/2021)***
Up to 20 weeks of EB**

Total Number of Weeks: up to 70

April 27, 2020 - August 31, 2020

26 weeks of regular UI
Up to 23 weeks of PEUC (Ends 4/11/2021)***
Up to 20 weeks of EB**

Total Number of Weeks: up to 69

September 7, 2020 and later

26 weeks of regular UI
Up to 20 weeks of EB**

Total Number of Weeks: up to 46

 

*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 March 14, 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. 

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

***Claimants who have an established PEUC claim on or before March 14, 2021 and are still eligible for additional weeks may continue to claim for benefits until they have collected the maximum number of weeks (24 weeks) or the week ending April 11, 2021, whichever comes first.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

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 - March 29, 2021 Less than 57 weeks of PUA (Ends 3/14/2021)
April 5, 2021 and later Not available

*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 March 14, 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.

**Claimants who have an established PEUC claim on or before March 14, 2021 and are still eligible for additional weeks may continue to claim for benefits until they have collected the maximum number of weeks (24 weeks) or the week ending April 11, 2021, whichever comes first. 

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