All unemployment insurance compensation programs created by the federal CARES Act are currently scheduled to expire on Dec. 26 without further Congressional action.
In Indiana, the two programs that will be affected are Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC).
PUA provides benefits to those who would not normally qualify for regular unemployment compensation, such as the self-employed, gig workers, and part-time workers. PUA also provides benefits to those who exhausted all other unemployment programs but remain unemployed due to a pandemic-related reason. PEUC provides for an additional 13-week extension to regular unemployment compensation recipients.
Claims can end prior to the Dec. 26th expiration if they receive the maximum number of weeks; or exhaust benefits by running out of money on the claim. In either circumstance, the Remaining Benefit Amount will show $0.
When the PUA and PEUC programs expire, all payments for weeks after Dec. 26 on those claim types will stop, regardless if the claim has a Remaining Benefit Amount over $0.
Free job services are available at local WorkOne centers, including résumé assistance, educational and vocation training assistance, and more. For a listing of WorkOne centers, visit www.in.gov/dwd/WorkOne/locations, and to view available jobs online visit www.indianacareerconnect.com.
Also, a partnership between the State of Indiana and 180 Skills allows Hoosiers to gain key workforce skills free of charge through an online library of courses. Individuals who enroll have the opportunity to complete courses designed to improve general employability skills applicable across job sectors such as aerospace, automotive and commercial manufacturing, CNC machining, and tool and die making.
Enrollment for individuals interested in the programs is available by visiting www.yournextstepin.org.