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Expired Programs

What's Changing?

On September 4, 2021, federal pandemic unemployment programs ended. These programs include:

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): Provided unemployment benefits to individuals not traditionally eligible to receive unemployment benefits, such as self-employed workers. PUA expired on September 4, 2021. 
  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC): Provided an additional weekly $300 supplemental payment to claimants who received at least $1 of regular or federal unemployment benefits. FPUC expired on September 4, 2021.
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC): Provided additional weeks of unemployment benefits to claimants who exhausted all eligible weeks of benefits in the state’s regular unemployment system. PEUC expired on September 4, 2021.
  • Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC): Provided an additional weekly $100 supplemental payment to eligible claimants who earned at least $5,000 in self-employment income in addition to wages earned with a chargeable employer. MEUC expired on September 4, 2021.

If you received benefits under one of these programs, the last payable benefit week is the week ending September 4, 2021.

Extended Benefits (EB) also expired on September 11, 2021.

The expiration of these programs has no impact on the state’s regular unemployment program. Claimants still receiving their first 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits should continue to certify as normal. 

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Next Steps

Keep Certifying Through September 4th

Keep certifying if you remain eligible for benefits. Be on the lookout for additional communication from IDES regarding program expirations.

Get Help With Your Job Search has more than 100,000 job postings and can be used to find your next employment opportunity for free. Claimants who have applied for unemployment benefits already have a username and password for the site. Log in and upload a resume today!

You can also find workforce and career services in your community through Illinois workNet

Non-Unemployment Assistance

Regardless of whether you receive unemployment insurance, you might be able to receive support with other necessities such as child care, food, housing, and health insurance. Visit for a list of resources.