13-week extension pandemic unemployment now available in Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – The 13 week extension for those who have recently exhausted their unemployment benefits is now available in Utah.

The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program is the fifth and final CARES Act program to be implemented in the state. PEUC allows those who were receiving unemployment benefits, but reached their maximum eligible weeks but are still unemployed, to receive up to an additional 13 weeks of benefits.

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“We are proud to have created and made available the final program of the CARES Act,” said
Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the Department of Workforce
Services. “Our staff has worked diligently to get these critical new programs implemented in the
midst of processing record-breaking claim volumes. Utah continues to stand out nationally for
our unemployment insurance response throughout the pandemic as we get benefits to those in
need.”

Individuals who have exhausted their benefits and stopped filing weekly claims need to visit jobs.utah.gov/ui/home/initialclaims and select “File New or Reopen Claim” to complete the
application. The system will determine if you are eligible for an extension.

Benefits are retroactive to March 29. This is a federally funded program and benefits are not taken from Utah’s unemployment insurance trust fund.

For more information about the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program
visit jobs.utah.gov/covid19.

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