Increased Weekly Payments (FPUC)

Description of Programs

The U.S. Congress has passed legislation that includes provisions to extend the federal unemployment insurance programs created under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). For more details, click here


Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation: Added funds to a weekly claim for all UI  claimants, including those not previously eligible (i.e. Self-Employed).

On Thursday, March 11, 2021, the President signed into law the American Rescue Plan. This  bill provides additional benefits for individuals collecting unemployment compensation, as well as relief for non-profit businesses and local government entities. Read the full Commissioner's Note here. FPUC was initially in effect for claims for the week ending April 4, 2020 through July 25, 2020 at $600 per week. Should individuals need to file for back weeks, they may still be eligible to receive FPUC. For more information, click here: https://labor.vermont.gov/press-release/federal-pandemic-unemployment-compensation-scheduled-end-week

Further updates on FPUC can be found on this page and through direct communication to claimants. 


What to know about original FPUC (April 4 - July 25)

  • Claimants will receive state and federal benefits for the week ending July 25 no later than the week ending August 1 (this will likely include the $600 benefit)
  • Claimants will continue to receive state benefits, but must continue to file their weekly claim

 To file your Weekly Claim through our automated phone service, please call 1-800-983-2300. You may also file online, but please note we are experience high volumes and service outages are possible. If you experience problems during the filing process, please call the Claimant Assitance Line at 1-877-214-3332. 


Further Updates

Tuesday, August 11: On Saturday, August 8, the President issued a memorandum which included a section relating to unemployment insurance, allowing a supplemental benefit to eligible claimants (in addition to the calculated state weekly benefit amount). At this time, the Department is reviewing the memorandum and is expecting to receive further guidance from the federal government to properly interpret the implementation of the additional benefit, as well as exploring funding options.  Claimants do not need to do anything additional and should continue to file weekly claims for each week they are unemployed. Additional information will be shared on social media and our website as it becomes available. https://labor.vermont.gov/news/update-regarding-presidential-memorandum

Monday, August 25: Governor Phil Scott announced that Vermont had secured funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program. For more information and updates on the implementation of LWA in Vermont, go to https://labor.vermont.gov/unemployment-insurance/lost-wage-assistance-program

Contact Information

COVID-19 Update: Department of Labor offices are currently closed due to COVID-19. Please contact the Department by phone.

Vermont Department of Labor
5 Green Mountain Drive
P.O. Box 488
Montpelier, 05601-0488
(802) 828-4000

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