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Tuesday, August 31, 2021
State Announces End of All Federal Unemployment & Assistance Programs
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 2299 Views :: Labor, COVID-19


News release from DLIR, Aug 31, 2021

HONOLULU — With federal unemployment benefits ending on September 4, 20201, the state Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) is working to ensure that unemployed individuals who will be losing the extra aid are aware of the upcoming changes and potential next steps. This affects individuals receiving Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), and Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC). Once these programs end, only the regular Unemployment Insurance program will be available.

“We have been fielding a lot of questions from claimants asking whether they will qualify for a new unemployment insurance claim,” said DLIR Director Anne Perreira-Eustaquio. “In short, new unemployment insurance claims will be reinstated for all individuals who established a new initial claim but chose to remain on the PEUC program under the PEUC $25 Option. All other individuals will need to qualify for a new initial claim after September 4 based on existing criteria. That said, anyone waiting on claims filed through September 4 will be made whole and receive those benefits as long as they are otherwise qualified.”

The DLIR recently sent an email to approximately 6500 claimants who qualified for the PEUC $25 Option program advising them to file their claim certification for the week ending September 4, 2021 between September 5 and September 11, 2021, regardless of claim filing status (weekly/biweekly). To ensure a seamless transition from the PEUC program to a new regular unemployment insurance claim, individuals should file their claim certifications as early as possible, as failure to submit a PEUC claim by the requested date may result in a delay of benefits.

Eligibility criteria for new, regular claims is posted at Individuals filing claim certifications under a regular claim starting September 11 will be subject to a one-week waiting period and be required to register for work with HireNet Hawaii. Claimants may file a claim certification for the first payable week of their claim, but will not be paid benefits for that first week.

Individuals who neither qualified for the PEUC $25 Option nor meet the criteria for a new initial claim after September 4, 2021 should not file a new initial claim and instead seek assistance at their county’s American Job Center (AJC). The AJC Hawaii is a free, one-stop center that provides career counseling, HireNet Hawaii support, skills training, job search assistance, and a resource training center. Individuals can contact their local AJC office to schedule an appointment. For more information visit:

Resources are also available with the State Department of Human Services at

Important note: None of the benefits described above, nor unemployment benefits of any kind, are available to employees who are terminated for cause, quit their job without good cause, or refuse to return to work. Attempts to collect benefit payments in these situations could be viewed as fraudulent. Investigation of job separation is part of the eligibility determination process.

For more information please visit:

For more information about unemployment insurance and other labor issues please visit the FAQs at

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TDD/TTY Dial 711 then ask for (808) 586-8866

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