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What If My Benefits End?

You may qualify for extended benefits after your regular unemployment benefits expire.

Most states pay unemployment benefits for 26 weeks (a few pay for only 20 weeks and a few pay for up to 30 weeks, visit your state’s unemployment insurance website to find their current policy).

For people who have exhausted their regular state benefits, states can currently pay extended benefits for an additional 13 weeks plus (as of December 2020) another additional 11 weeks under the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC).

In most states you will automatically receive the extended benefits if you are eligible. In some cases you might have to contact your state's Unemployment Insurance program. Learn more at your state’s unemployment insurance website.

Have more questions about Unemployment Insurance? Visit FAQs about Unemployment.