Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) is only available for the payable week ending Jan. 2, 2021 through the week ending Sept. 4, 2021. MEUC is NOT available for weeks you received Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). The application window is open on Oct. 27, 2021 and will close on Nov. 30, 2021.

Unemployment Programs

The content of this page was last updated on October 27, 2021.

Unemployment Insurance (UI)

Up to 26 Weeks

  • Filing for Unemployment Insurance (UI) is the first step for affected workers. It is available for up to 26 weeks.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Insurance Compensation (PEUC)

Expired 9/4/2021

  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) is a federal extension of benefits for those who have exhausted UI.
  • The ARP extension increases PEUC weekly benefits from 24 weeks to 53 weeks, through week ending 9/4/21.
  • This program expired on September 4, 2021.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

Expired 9/4/2021

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) expands access to unemployment by including those who are affected by COVID-19 and not eligible for UI or PEUC (such as self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers, employees of religious organizations and those who lack sufficient work history or have been disqualified for state benefits).
  • This program expired on 9/4/2021. Claimants could file an initial PUA claim for 30 days after the program ends. This means a claimant had until Oct. 6, 2021 to file an initial PUA claim. Initial PUA claims filed after December 27, 2020 may be backdated no earlier than the week ending December 6, 2020. The last payable week of PUA is the week ending September 4, 2021.

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)

Expired 9/4/2021

  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) provides a $300 per week benefit for any claimant that is eligible for an underlying unemployment compensation program. No application is necessary.
  • Previously FPUC was available from March 29, 2020 through July 25, 2020 and payments were for $600, but this extension only provides $300 weekly benefits.
  • This program expired on September 4, 2021.

Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC)

Weekly $100

  • Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) is only available for the payable week ending Jan. 2, 2021 through the week ending Sept. 4, 2021. The application window is open on Oct. 27, 2021 and will close on Nov. 30, 2021.
  • This program will require claimants to apply for the MEUC program and submit documentation before KDOL can determine that an individual is eligible for any weeks in which the program is in effect. Individuals must complete the online application and provide supporting documentation. The application process will not move forward until the supporting documentation is uploaded. Failure to submit a completed application with the required supporting documentation will result in a denial of MEUC benefits.
  • Claimants must be eligible to receive at least one dollar ($1) of underlying unemployment benefits for the week claimed. This includes regular UC benefits, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Shared Work of Trade Act Readjustment Assistance (TRA). Based on federal guidelines, MEUC is NOT available for weeks you received Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
  • Claimants must have received at least $5,000 of self-employment income (net earnings) in the most recent taxable year ending prior to their application for regular UC.

Lost Wages Assistance (LWA)

Expired 9/5/20

  • Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) was funded by FEMA to provide $300 per week to supplement unemployment benefits to eligible claimants. It was Available for any claims for the weeks ending Aug. 1, 2020, through Sept. 5, 2020 (payments will be retroactive).