IDES reminds claimants of federal unemployment benefit programs ending September 4
Springfield, Illinois – (Mattoon Radio) – The Illinois Department of Job Security (IDES) reminds applicants that federal unemployment programs will end on September 4, 2021. These programs include:
- Assistance in the event of an unemployment pandemic (PUA)
o Provided access to 100% federally funded unemployment benefits to people who are not traditionally eligible to receive unemployment benefits, such as the self-employed.
- Federal Pandemic Unemployment Benefit (FPUC)
o Making an additional weekly supplemental payment of $ 300 in 100% federally funded benefits to claimants who received at least $ 1 in regular or federal unemployment benefits.
- Emergency Pandemic Unemployment Benefit (PEUC)
o Provided additional weeks of 100% federally funded unemployment benefits to claimants who have exhausted all qualifying weeks of benefits in the state’s regular unemployment system.
- Unemployment benefit for mixed employees (MEUC)
o Making an additional weekly supplemental payment of $ 100 in 100% federally funded benefits to eligible claimants who earned at least $ 5,000 in self-employment income in addition to wages earned from a responsible employer.
The expiration of these programs has no impact on the state’s regular unemployment system or on claimants receiving regular unemployment benefits.
IDES also reminds applicants to access their IllinoisJobLink.com account. IllinoisJobLink.com is an employment website with over 100,000 job postings and can be used as a tool by job seekers to find their next job opportunity. Applicants who have applied for unemployment benefits already have a username and password for the site and are encouraged to log in and complete their registration and create or upload a resume.
As the economy continues to recover from the pandemic, individuals may still need ongoing or additional assistance and resources from the state. The following departments and their programs may be able to help:
o Cash assistance
o Home services
o Food aid (SNAP, WIC, and more)
o Rental assistance
o Help for owners
o Health insurance
More information on resources and support can be found on the state’s Covid-19 resource page or on the IDES website.