The number of Idahoans who filed a continued claim for regular state unemployment insurance benefits increased one percent for the week ending Dec. 12 to 10,630, up 81 over the previous week. The four-week moving average for continued claims increased from 9,224 for the week ending Dec. 5 to 9,804.
Initial claims for unemployment benefits totaled 4,083 for the week ending Dec. 12, down by 992 claims, while the four-week moving average decreased by 5 percent to 4,470.
Question: I hear Congress approved extending unemployment benefits and other stimulus programs.
Answer: Congress has passed legislation to extend the CARES Act programs that affect unemployment benefits. Now that it has been signed by President Trump, states will be informed about how to implement the program. Until then, we have no additional details and cannot answer your phone calls regarding the extension. We will post any updates on our FAQs and website as they become available. Please continue to submit your weekly reports.
Q: I hear that the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program is ending.
A: You are correct, unemployment insurance programs and extensions funded by the federal CARES Act expired Dec. 26, 2020, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC).
Q: How do I know if I am receiving unemployment insurance funded by the Federal CARES Act?
A: PEUC, or extended benefits program, adds 13 weeks to exhausted unemployment benefits. If you applied for extended benefits on the Claimant Portal, you’ll see confirmation that your extended benefits application was approved on the Claimant Portal home page under Extended Benefits.
PUA is for self-employed, low wage earners or workers with denied issues who were unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals who are primarily self-employed uploaded tax information to the Claimant Portal to determine monetary eligibility.