Indiana To End Federal Pandemic Unemployment Benefits On June 19th

Multiple programs related to unemployment insurance during the pandemic will end for state residents.

Posted: May 17, 2021 10:10 AM
Updated: May 17, 2021 10:56 AM

Federal programs helping Hoosier residents during the pandemic with unemployment will come to an end around mid-June.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has announced that four federally-funded pandemic unemployment insurance programs will no longer have participation from the State of Indiana on June 19th.

This includes:

  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, which provides a $300 weekly add-on to recipients of unemployment insurance.
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, which provides recipients extended benefits after their traditional 26 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits have been exhausted.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, which provides benefits to individuals who do not normally qualify for unemployment benefits.
  • Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation, 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.

Governor Holcomb hopes the withdrawal of the state's participation in these programs will lead to employment at jobs throughout the state.

"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, " said Governor Holcomb in a statement.

"I am hearing from multiple sector employers that they want and need to hire more Hoosiers to grow.  We have a myriad of work options in every region of our state with many more coming online each week."

Governor Holcomb says 116,000 available jobs currently exist in Indiana right now, he hopes this will lead to employers finding workers.

"Eliminating these pandemic programs will not be a silver bullet for employers to find employees," Gov. Holcomb said.

"We've re-emerged from the COVID pandemic and gree vaccinations that protect you from the virus are available throughout the state."

As of June 1, Indiana will once again require Hoosiers filing for unemployment to show they've actively searched for jobs, applied for jobs, and other requirements.

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