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Federal pandemic unemployment benefits coming to an end September 4th

STATEWIDE (KRDO) -- Federal pandemic unemployment benefits are set to expire at the beginning of September.

By law, the state cannot pay partial weeks, so the final week that benefits will be paid for these federal programs in Colorado is the week ending Saturday, September 4, 2021.

If you are currently receiving PUA, PEUC, and/or FPUC benefits, those benefits will end on that date. Programs officially end on September 6.

Programs coming to an end include Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation.

Changes to be expected after September 4, 2021:

  • The $300-a-week unemployment boost will end.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) will end. This program supported gig workers and self-employed people, since May 2020.
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) will end. This program served as an unemployment extension, offering extra weeks for people who normal benefits had expired.

These programs were put in place by Congress. The state has no power or ability to extend these programs.

Nearly 116,000 Coloradans will be affected by the ending of the federal pandemic unemployment benefits ending.

According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment website, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) requires the CLDE to continue to accept new PUA applications for 30 days after the program expires. CDLE will backdate these new claims to the first eligible week during the Pandemic Assistance Period, in accordance with all eligibility requirements.

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Natalie Haddad

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  1. Those benefits have already ended in many states with Republican governors, and none of them noticed any sudden difference in the unemployment rate. It was predicted that people would flock back to work once the supplemental programs ended, but that doesn’t appear to have been the case so far.

      1. It was stated in his koolaid so that is all he knows. If it is not on CNN he doesn’t know any better. Be kind, not everyone can be subjective and think for themselves.

  2. About damned time. We are both self employed. Worked every day last year and this, paid all of our bills and did not get one dime from any programs. Get a job, any job, pay your own way.

  3. Good!
    I had to continue to work the entire time and I am tired of paying my taxes to support a bunch of lazy sonsab!tc#es who don’t want to work!!!

  4. So awesome that you are all so fortunate. Me on the other had was laid off because of having to down size to allow for people to be 6ft apart. Sure there are many jobs at fast food restaurants or other places even state jobs paying only 12.34/hr. Please tell me how I am supposed to go from making 32.00/hr to 12? During my experience of unemployment due to this blown out of proportion “epidemic” I have been offered 4 different fake jobs. Accepted one that ended up being fraudulent, and took an extreme pay cut to clean up used condoms and watch pharmacy techs drop pills of the floor and pick them up to put it back in the clients prescription bottle. So a word to those of you who didnt lose their job. Stop talking because you have no idea what you are talking about.

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