IDES offices will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 for the federal holiday, but you can still certify and apply for benefits and access other online resources! Please note that benefit payments may take longer to process during this time. Offices will reopen for regular business hours on Monday, November 27.
On September 4, 2021, federal pandemic unemployment programs ended. These programs include:
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): Provided unemployment benefits to individuals not traditionally eligible to receive unemployment benefits, such as self-employed workers. PUA expired on September 4, 2021.
- Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC): Provided an additional weekly $300 supplemental payment to claimants who received at least $1 of regular or federal unemployment benefits. FPUC expired on September 4, 2021.
- Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC): Provided additional weeks of unemployment benefits to claimants who exhausted all eligible weeks of benefits in the state’s regular unemployment system. PEUC expired on September 4, 2021.
- Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC): Provided an additional weekly $100 supplemental payment to eligible claimants who earned at least $5,000 in self-employment income in addition to wages earned with a chargeable employer. MEUC expired on September 4, 2021.
If you received benefits under one of these programs, the last payable benefit week is the week ending September 4, 2021.
Extended Benefits (EB) also expired on September 11, 2021.
The expiration of these programs has no impact on the state’s regular unemployment program. Claimants still receiving their first 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits should continue to certify as normal.
Keep Certifying Through September 4th
Keep certifying if you remain eligible for benefits. Be on the lookout for additional communication from IDES regarding program expirations.
Get Help With Your Job Search
IllinoisJobLink.com has more than 100,000 job postings and can be used to find your next employment opportunity for free. Claimants who have applied for unemployment benefits already have a username and password for the site. Log in and upload a resume today!
You can also find workforce and career services in your community through Illinois workNet.
Regardless of whether you receive unemployment insurance, you might be able to receive support with other necessities such as child care, food, housing, and health insurance. Visit ides.illinois.gov/moreassistance for a list of resources.