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Indiana ending pandemic-related unemployment benefits

State working to eliminate PUA system issues that are blocking unemployed Ohioans from benefits
State working to eliminate PUA system issues that are blocking unemployed Ohioans from benefits(WXIX-TV19)
Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 11:50 AM EDT
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INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - Governor Eric Holcomb announced Monday that Indiana will end its participation in all federally funded pandemic unemployment insurance programs on June 19, 2021.

The programs that will end are:

  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), which provides a $300 weekly add-on to recipients of unemployment insurance
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which provides recipients extended benefits after their traditional 26 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits have been exhausted
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which provides benefits to individuals who do not normally qualify for unemployment benefits, such as self-employed, gig workers, and independent contractors
  • Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC), which provides a $100 additional weekly benefit for individuals who are eligible for regular unemployment benefits but also earned at least $5,000 in self-employment income

“There are help wanted signs posted all over Indiana, and while our economy took a hit last year, it is roaring like an Indy 500 race car engine now. I am hearing from multiple sector employers that they want and need to hire more Hoosiers to grow,” Gov. Holcomb said. “We have a myriad of work options in every region of our state with many more coming online every week.”

The governor also pointed out that free COVID-19 vaccinations are available throughout the state for Hoosiers ages 12 and older. Walk-up clinics are available in some areas.

You can also schedule an appointment at https://ourshot.in.gov.

Those without a computer or cell phone can call 211.

In recent weeks, numerous states have announced that they will end their participation in the federally backed extension of benefits including Ohio.

Gov. Mike DeWine said that the state will opt out as of June 26.

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