*13 weeks of Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Assistance (PEUC) are available in all states before extended benefits become available; maximum weeks of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for exhaustees equals 39 minus the number of weeks of regular UI and Extended Benefits (EB) received. No PEUC or PUA is available after December 31, 2020.
Note: The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico both provide 26 weeks of regular unemployment insurance (UI).
Source: Congressional Research Service, Department of Labor
Of the states not providing the standard 26-week maximum:
The remaining six states periodically update their maximum weeks of UI available based on changes in the state’s unemployment rate:
The table below shows the latest three-month average unemployment rate for each state over January 2020 – March 2020, as well as the maximum number of weeks of UI benefits currently available in each state through regular UI.
|Unemployment Rates and Weeks of Unemployment Insurance (UI) Available|
|State||Unemployment (3-month avg.)||Regular UI and extended benefits available*|
|District of Columbia||5.5||26 weeks|
|New Hampshire||2.6||26+13 weeks|
|New Jersey||3.8||26+13 weeks|
|New Mexico||5.2||26 weeks|
|New York||4.0||26+13 weeks|
|North Carolina||3.9||12 weeks|
|North Dakota||2.2||26 weeks|
|Puerto Rico||8.7||26+13 weeks|
|Rhode Island||3.8||26+13 weeks|
|South Carolina||2.5||20 weeks|
|South Dakota||3.3||26 weeks|
|Virgin Islands||4.3||26 weeks|
|West Virginia||5.3||26+13 weeks|
* 13 weeks of Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Assistance (PEUC) are available in all states before extended benefits become available; the maximum weeks of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for exhaustees equals 39 minus the number of weeks of regular UI and Extended Benefits (EB) received. No PEUC or PUA is available after December 31, 2020.
** 5-week extension is available to those enrolled in a state-approved training program.
*** During the COVID-19 emergency.