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  • Federal Benefit Programs

    Updated August 24, 2021

Update - August 25, 2021

Federal Programs That Expanded Unemployment Programs are Expiring

  • Federal programs that expanded and extended unemployment benefits are expiring.

    The week ending Sept. 4, 2021 is the last payable week of benefits from these programs that were established with the Coronairus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and continued under the American Rescue Plan Act:

    • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance(PUA): for the self-employed, freelancers, independent contractors and others who don't qualify for regular unemployment benefits.
    • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC): Extends benefits after you run out of regular unemployment benefits.
    • Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC): The extra $300 a week for all eligible claimants.
    • Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC): Provides an additional $100 per week to certain claimants who have earned at least $5,000 in net self-employment income.

    If you have eligible weeks prior to Sept. 4:

    • If we find that you are eligible, we will continue to process and pay benefits for weeks you claimed through the week ending Sept. 4. Your certification for the week ending Sept. 4 will be due after that date, however, you will still be able to certify for that week on your regularly scheduled certification day and time.

    If you are currently receiving PEUC benefits:

    • You may be eligible for a regular unemployment claim. Login to your MiWAM account and follow the link under "Account Alerts" to reopen/file a claim.

    If you have a claim pending in adjudication or appeal after Sept. 4:

    • If you have an open issue that has not been resolved, or an open protest or appeal that has not been addressed, those issues will continue to be worked after Sept. 4. If resolved in your favor and you are entitled to payment, benefits payable on the federal programs will be paid for any eligible weeks ending through Sept. 4.

What to Do Now

What to Do Now

  • Keep filing your certifications 

    • Through Sept. 4, keep filing for weeks that you want to receive benefits. If your normal certification is after Sept. 4, to be paid for that week you need to certify on your regularly scheduled day and time.

    Watch for - and respond to - future messages

    • If you are affected by the end of the Federal pandemic programs, we will send you information in your MiWAM account or by mail. Respond to any of our requests for information. Even if you have stopped claiming benefits or found a job, we might still need to contact you. If there are additional changes to your account, you'll receive a notice with information about how you can meet the deadline to protest or make an appeal. Continue to check your account for the next year to assure no new claims have been filed in your name. If you suspect fraud, report the fraud or identity theft through your MiWAM account. Links can be found on the MiWAM homepage. Or you can call the fraud hotline at 866-500-0017.

    Don't throw away your new debit card

    • By August 25, 2021, you will receive a new debit card from U.S. Bank. This replaces the Bank of America card that you have been using. After Aug. 25 any new money you receive will be posted to the U.S. Bank debit card. You have until November 30, 2021 to access the money that has been posted to your Bank of America card.

Get Help with your Job Search

Get Help with Your Job Search

  • There are numerous programs and resources available to support you and your next steps. Start your job search on Pure Michigan Talent Connect by visiting This free resource will help you search through the more than 90,000 jobs currently available in Michigan. Additionally, access services such as career exploration, resume assistance, interview skills, classroom and on-the-job-training, virtual and in-person job fairs and more though your local Michigan Works! service center. Call 800-285-WORKS or visit

More Assistance is Available

More Assistance is Available

  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' MiBridges system allows claimants to apply for healthcare coverage, food and cash assistance and more. MiBridges also lists and refers you to state and local resources you may qualify for. Visit to get started.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) 

    Extended to Sept. 4, 2021

    PUA is a temporary federal program that provides unemployment benefits to individuals who do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance (UI), including individuals who are self-employed or independent contractors, or have limited work history. To be eligible for PUA, your reason for no longer working must fall within one of the COVID-19 scenarios.

    More PUA Information

    Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

    Extended to Sept. 4, 2021

    PEUC provides an extension of benefits to claimants who have exhausted all rights to regular unemployment benefits.

    Once a worker has exhausted their state UI benefits, they will be notified to apply for PEUC.

    More PEUC Information

    Pandemic Unemployment Compensation

    Extended to Sept. 4, 2021

    Provides all eligible unemployment recipients with an additional $300 per week.

    Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation

    Extended to Sept. 4, 2021

    Provides an additional $100 per week to claimants who have earned at least $5,000 in net self-employment income.

    More information about MEUC