End of Federal Benefits

On September 4, 2021, in accordance with federal law, several federal unemployment benefits offered through the American Rescue Plan Act ended. If you received one of the following benefits, this notice is important for you.

The following benefits expired:

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)
  • Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC)

Please read the descriptions of expired federal unemployment benefits or view the End of Benefits FAQs to learn more about the conclusion of these programs.


Federal funding for the Extended Benefits (EB) program, authorized under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), expired the week ending September 11, 2021. The EB program provided up to 13 additional weeks of UI payments to claimants who met the filing requirements. DC leadership determined when this program was in effect based on the District’s unemployment rate.

  • When EB was available, claimants must have exhausted regular UI benefits and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits.
  • The EB weekly benefit amount (WBA) was the same as the amount received on the regular UI claim and PEUC claim.
  • EB payments included the $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefit for eligible weeks between December 27, 2020, and September 11, 2021.

Please view the Extended Benefits Fact Sheet to learn more details about the program.


There are additional resources if you have exhausted all of your unemployment benefits.  The American Job Center helps District residents find employment, develop job skills, and explore new professional opportunities.