Alabama One of Nine States Ending Pandemic Unemployment Aid Saturday
Alabama is one of nine states ending federally-funded pandemic unemployment compensation effective Saturday, June 19.
Gov. Kay Ivey announced in May that Alabama would end its participation.
“Alabama is giving the federal government our 30-day notice that it’s time to get back to work,” Gov. Ivey said in a statement.
Those programs include:
- Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), which provides for an additional $300 weekly payment to recipients of unemployment compensation.
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which provides benefits for those who would not usually qualify, such as the self-employed, gig workers and part-time workers.
- Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which provides for an extension of benefits once regular benefits have been exhausted.
- Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC), which provides an additional $100 benefit to certain people with mixed earnings.
Any weeks filed prior to and up to June 19 and are eligible under any of the federal program requirements will continue to be processed under these programs.
“As Alabama’s economy continues its recovery, we are hearing from more and more business owners and employers that it is increasingly difficult to find workers to fill available jobs, even though job openings are abundant,” Gov. Ivey said in a statement. “Among other factors, increased unemployment assistance, which was meant to be a short-term relief program during emergency related shutdowns, is now contributing to a labor shortage that is compromising the continuation of our economic recovery.”
Alabama’s unemployment rate for May was 3.4%.
The Alabama Department of Labor has reinstated the work search requirement for all claimants, which was temporarily waived during the height of the pandemic. This requires all claimants to actively search for work to remain eligible for unemployment benefits.
Free job services are available to all Alabamians through the Alabama Career Center System, which operates 53 centers throughout the state. Services include resumé preparation, interviewing skills, job search and application assistance, vocational and educational training programs, and apprenticeship and on-the-job training programs. A listing of career centers can be found HERE.
Besides Alabama, the states of Alaska, Idaho, Indiana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming are ending pandemic unemployment benefits on June 19. They follow three states that eliminated their enhanced benefits a week earlier: Iowa, Mississippi and Missouri. The federal funding is due to expire in September.