CARES Act & Federal Programs

The federal CARES Act created various programs to expand eligibility to increase accessibility to unemployment insurance benefits throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Programs created under the CARES Act include Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

PUA, PEUC and FPUC programs concluded for the benefit week ending September 4, 2021, which is the final full week of the program. Those filing after September 4 are no longer be eligible to receive those benefits. This applies to all claimants, EVEN if they have weeks remaining based on when they began filing in a specific program. Please review the information below to better understand how the ending of various programs impact your eligibility for benefits. 


As a result of the impact of COVID-19, the federal government created a number of programs to support workers that suffered job loss through expansions to regular unemployment insurance. Read more about these programs below. 

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Contact Information

COVID-19 Update: Department of Labor regional offices are currently operating with limited times for in-person services due to COVID-19 and staffing limitations. To see when your local office is open for in-person services click here.

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

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