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Information about Unemployment Benefits

This is an ongoing post that will be regularly updated. Last updated: May 4, 2021

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: The latest updates 
  • Overpayment Update – 4/29/21: NYS DOL has sent notices regarding overpayments of unemployment benefits. If you have questions about your notice of overpayment, visit our Overpayment Waiver and Appeal Process webpage.

  • MEUC Update – 3/25/21: The Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) program is now available for eligible claimants for the benefit weeks ending January 3, 2021 to September 5, 2021. To see if you are eligible and to apply for the program, visit on.ny.gov/meuc.

  • American Rescue Plan Update – 3/16/21: The American Rescue Plan has been signed into law, extending unemployment benefits for millions of Americans. As we work on guidance, New Yorkers who continue to be unemployed may continue certifying for benefits. PUA recipients, UI recipients who are not at their benefit year ending (BYE) date, and UI recipients who are not required to reapply at their BYE date should continue receiving benefits without lapse. UI recipients who must reapply after their benefit year ending (BYE) date will receive the benefits they are due after their new application has processed. For more information, see our American Rescue Plan FAQ.


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On Thursday, March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the nearly $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act into law. The relief package contains additional enhanced unemployment insurance benefits.

The New York Department of Labor said on Twitter it is awaiting additional guidance from the federal government as to how the American Rescue Plan will be implemented. 

“After this bill has been signed into law and we receive additional guidance, we will provide updates,” the state agency tweeted Wednesday. “Look out for more information on our website, on social media platforms, and through emails and texts sent directly to claimants.”

Governor Cuomo Announces Proposal to Boost Partial Unemployment Benefits as Part of the 2021 State of the State. New Plan Will Ensure Unemployed New Yorkers Who Accept Part-Time Work Are Not Penalized While Providing Flexibility as Businesses Build Back Better 
Partial Unemployment Benefits Will Now Be Based on Actual Hours Worked, Rather Than Days Worked.


The federal government has extended the federal unemployment benefit programs available through the CARES Act for an additional 11 weeks. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) will be available through March 14, 2021, with qualified claimants’ benefits fully phasing out by April 5, 2021. Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefits will resume with $300 weekly payments until March 14, 2021.

In New York State, The New York State Department of Labor is responsible for issuing unemployment insurance. 

After you file your claim for Unemployment Insurance benefits, you must take further action. For each week that you are unemployed and looking for work, you must claim benefits by answering a series of questions.

To claim your benefits, visit your account at labor.ny.gov/signin and enter your login information. Go to your Unemployment Services page, and click “Claim Weekly Benefits.” 

Here is a link to a guide to help you claim weekly benefits: Guide for claiming weekly unemployment benefits.