COVID-19-Related Labor Market Information
By Workforce Solutions Posted 10-07-2020

COVID-19-Related Labor Market Information Updated: October 7, 2020

CARES Act Expanded Unemployment Benefits


  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) – extra $600 per week (expired 7/26)
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) – expands UI coverage to self-employed, contract workers up to 39 weeks
  • Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) – extra 13 weeks of benefits after exhaustion of regular benefits (last payable week 12/26)


Official weekly UI claims data does not include PUA or EUC, only ‘Regular’ claims


Official weekly initial claims data only includes regular UI, not CARES Act expanded Pandemic and Emergency UI programs

Detailed UI records reveal:

  • Pandemic claims indicate a later peak in total claims of late April vs. early and reaching 125k in a single week
  • Fall in Pandemic claims indicates rapid return to work of self-employed, contractors long before 39-week maximum
  • Data reflects Pandemic claimants working in industries/occupations where self-employment and/or contract work is common
  • Emergency claims may reflect pre-COVID long-term unemployed and claimants recently exhausting 26 weeks of benefits first received in April
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