All unemployment insurance claims expire after 52 weeks. That means you cannot claim any more weeks of benefits after your claim has expired even if there is a positive balance in your account. During periods of high unemployment, extension programs may be available. If you do not qualify for a new claim, you may qualify for an extension program.
What to do if your claim is expired and you still need benefits.
Has your unemployment claim expired, but you still need benefits? Depending on which benefit program you are on, and on your particular situation, you may be able to continue receiving benefits. Read below and see which scenario best describes your situation.
> My existing regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim expired.
You must have had new work since you filed your last claim. There are two ways to qualify for a new claim:
You must have worked at least 500 hours and been paid by an employer during the base year, OR
You must have been paid at least $1,000 by an employer in your base year, and have total base year wages of at least one and a half times the wages paid in the highest calendar quarter of the base year.
Example 1: In the second quarter of 2020, you made $1000; in the first quarter of 2020, you made $2000; in the fourth quarter of 2019, you made $500; and in the third quarter of 2019, you had zero earnings. You had under 500 total hours in the base period.
1. Altogether, you made $3,500.
2. Take the highest quarter, which was $2,000, and multiply by 1.5. That equals $3,000.
3. Your total wages of $3500 is more than 1.5x your highest quarter so you do qualify.
Example 2: In the second quarter of 2020, you made $6,000; in the first quarter of 2020, you made $1000; in the fourth quarter of 2019, you made $500; and in the 3rd quarter of 2019, you earned $250. You had under 500 total hours in the base period.
1. All together, you made $7,750.
2. Take the highest quarter, which was $6000, and multiply by 1.5. That equals $9,000.
2. My total wages of $7,750 is less than 1.5x by the highest quarter so you do not qualify.
> My regular UI claim expired and I haven’t worked for a year.
Since you did not have new employment, you do not qualify for benefits under a new claim. You may qualify for an extension if one is available at that time.
> My regular claim expired. I had new work but it was only in self employment.
You can only qualify for a new claim if your new work is considered subject to UI, meaning your employer paid UI taxes on your wages. If all your work was in self employment, you do not qualify for benefits under a new claim.
Note: certain work such as rideshare and food delivery is considered subject to UI. We encourage you to file a new claim if your self employment included ‘gig economy’ work.
> I own my own business.
If you have your own business and you are considered an employee where Unemployment Insurance payroll taxes were paid, you may qualify for UI benefits.
> My regular UI claim expired in 2019 but I received PEUC.
You will only receive benefits if you have had new employment and meet one of the requirements listed above.
> I was receiving PUA benefits but the program ended.
You can only qualify for a new regular unemployment insurance claim if you meet one of the requirements above. The wages must be in subject employment. That means you were paid by an employer who paid payroll taxes.
> I was self-employed and receiving PUA.
If you were considered an employee of your business and employer payroll taxes were paid, AND you received income based on the requirements above, you can file a new claim and may receive benefits.
> I was on Extended Benefits when my claim expired.
EB is an extension of your claim. If your claim expired, you will need to file a new regular unemployment claim.
Keep filing weekly claims for benefits because if we find that your do NOT qualify for a new claim, you most likely will automatically go back to Extended Benefits until those benefits are exhausted.
Filing a New Claim
If you qualify for benefits under a new claim, there are two ways you can file your new application:
You can file online using the Online Claims System and select the option “Regular UI Initial Claim.”
You can file by phone. You will need to provide your complete work history for the past 18 months including employer names, addresses, phone numbers, and dates of employment.