Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)

Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) is a temporary program providing additional weeks of unemployment benefits to qualified workers who have run out of Regular Unemployment benefits:

  • Up to 14 weeks of benefits under EUC Tier 1
  • Up to 14 weeks of benefits under EUC Tier 2
  • Up to 9 weeks of benefits under EUC Tier 3

Who Qualifies?

You may be qualified for Emergency Unemployment Compensation (extended benefits) if:

  • You are unemployed; and
  • You have exhausted rights to all regular unemployment benefits.

How to Apply and File Claims

Individuals who are currently filing for benefits will automatically be enrolled in the next available program/tier.  Continue filing your weekly claims as in the past. 

How Much Will I Receive?

Emergency Unemployment Compensation provides extra weeks of benefits on top of your Regular Unemployment benefits. If you are eligible to receive Emergency Unemployment Compensation, you will receive a notice from the Department of Labor showing the amount of benefits you will potentially be eligible to collect.

How Long Will it Take for Me To Receive a Check?

You will not have to serve a waiting week for Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits.  It may take one to three weeks to process your initial claim.  Once your claim is opened and you are determined eligible, your first benefit payment will be processed within 1 – 3 days after you file a weekly claim either by Internet, telephone or mail (providing no eligibility issues are pending).

I'm an employer who pays unemployment taxes. Will I be charged more because of the extra benefits paid out under Emergency Unemployment Compensation?

No. Emergency Unemployment Compensation is federally funded. Employers will not be charged for any claims paid out under this program.