Ohio pandemic unemployment updates
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government provided unemployment benefit programs to assist unemployed Americans. On September 5, 2021 several federal unemployment benefit programs will expire across the country.
Here is what will change:
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) – provided benefits to low wage earners, gig workers and self-employed people since May 2020. Those groups were not previously eligible to receive unemployment benefits and the program allowed individuals to self-certify they were unemployed due to Covid-19 related reasons. The CARES and then American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 made it possible to receive PUA for up to 79 weeks through September 4, 2021.
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) – offered additional unemployment weeks for people whose normal benefits had expired. The CARES act and then American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 made it possible to receive PEUC for up to 79 weeks through September 4, 2021.
Impact: Claimants who have run out of their 26 weeks of regular state unemployment benefits and who are collecting benefits under PUA or PEUC will no longer receive benefits after Sept. 4 in Ohio...