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Iowa governor announces state end to federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits

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(KTIV) - On Tuesday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the state would be ending its participation in federal pandemic-related unemployment benefit programs, effective June 12.

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Reynolds also announced effective June 13 the state would no longer waive employer charges for COVID-related unemployment insurance claims.

The announcement came after the governor cited new measures to address the state's severe workforce shortage.

Iowa will continue to pay regular unemployment claims.

The following information is being provided for those impacted:

  • Claimants who have exhausted their traditional 26 weeks of unemployment benefits and are now receiving benefits through the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program will no longer be eligible for UI payments after June 12, 2021, the last payable week for PEUC. 
  • Iowa will no longer issue supplemental $300 weekly payments to claimants under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. This payment was made to all Iowans who were receiving unemployment benefits regardless of the program under which they are being paid. The last payable week for FPUC will be the week ending June 12, 2021. 
  • Iowa will no longer participate in the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. PUA presently provides benefits to the self-employed, the underemployed, independent contractors, and individuals who have been unable to work due to health or COVID-19-related reasons. The last payable week for PUA will be the week ending June 12, 2021. 
  • Iowa will no longer participate in the Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) program, which offers supplemental payments to individuals who had both traditional W-2 income as well as self-employment income. 

The Iowa Workforce Development sent a memorandum to Gov. Reynolds. You can read it below.

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