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‘Quarter change:’ Oct. 1 means re-evaluating who qualifies for unemployment benefits

If you’re unemployed, pay close attention to your claim. The State is re-evaluating whether you should get state unemployment benefits if you’re currently receiving federal money.

If you’ve been on unemployment since the pandemic began, you probably know the drill. It’s happened twice already — it’s called the quarter change.

Basically, according to the rules from the federal government, in order for you to keep qualifying for federal dollars, you know the programs as PUA and PEUC, the DEO has to look at your account and make sure you’re not eligible for state benefits.

FAQ: Unemployment Resources

This quarter, they’ll decide this based on the wages you earned from April 2019 to March 2020.

If it turns out you do qualify for state benefits, they’ll have you apply. If you still don’t, you’ll get a few questions to answer and a link to claim your weeks.

If you’re collecting state benefits right now, this doesn’t apply to you.

The DEO says they will notify you on what you need to do to make sure there’s no gap between your benefits.

For more unemployment information, click here.


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She also updates the WINK News FAQ: Unemployment Resources page as information is received.

Reporter:Sara Girard
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