On May 13, Governor Doug Ducey announced that on July 10, 2021 Arizona will no longer continue taking the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, ending the additional $300/week benefit for those who are unemployed, and instead will offer one-time bonuses to workers returning to the workforce.
- A one-time bonus of $2,000 will be offered to eligible individuals who return to the workforce at full-time employment.
- A one-time bonus of $1,000 will be offered to eligible individuals who return to the workforce at part-time employment.
- The bonus will be awarded when the individual has left the unemployment insurance program and completed at least 10 weeks of work with an employer.
- Bonuses will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
To qualify for the bonus, you must:
- have already filed for unemployment benefits (Arizonans filing for new unemployment benefits moving forward will not be eligible for the bonus);
- make $25 per hour or less (equivalent to a yearly salary of $52,000) at your new job; and
- begin working by Labor Day — Monday, September 6.
More information is available on the ADHS website, HERE.
For more information, please go to DES’ FAQ page, under “Stimulus Payment” HERE. A full explanation of whether or not an individual may be eligible for unemployment insurance in Arizona can be found HERE.
WEEKLY CLAIMS / HOW TO:
The high volume of applications may create delays DES application processing. If you believe you are eligible for the Arizona's traditional UI program, you must file weekly claims to continue to receive benefits (even if your initial claim is still pending, you must file a weekly claim to receive benefits for that week). You can file weekly claims HERE. If you are later found on appeal to be eligible, you will only be paid for the retroactive weeks in which you submitted weekly claims.
The online Weekly Claims System is available from 12:01 a.m. Sunday to 6 p.m. Friday.
If a claimant is disqualified/denied benefits, they have the right to file an appeal. They must file their appeal within an established time frame. Instructions can be found within the determination notice, once issued by the Department.
DES has implemented numerous fraud indicators to detect and prevent criminal behavior within the unemployment insurance systems. The most recent action taken to close suspicious accounts and recover funds only affected individuals with claims filed out of state, the majority of which are believed to be fraudulent claims.
If there were out of state claimants affected by the closure of their accounts who believe they are eligible for benefits, impacted cardholders should contact DES directly at AZUIFraud@azdes.gov. Once validated as not fraudulent, DES will request a new card to be mailed and the funds reloaded. The old card has been closed and will not be reactivated.
** Increased AZDES Hours: Monday - Friday: 7-6, Saturday: Closed, Sunday: 9:30-5 **
Individuals eligible for PUA include those that:
have exhausted all rights to such benefits,
are seeking part-time employment,
lack sufficient work history, or
otherwise do not qualify for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits under state or Federal law.
If you have not already submitted an unemployment application, you can submit HERE. It is important to apply even if you are ineligible for regular unemployment as you may be eligible for benefits under the CARES Act.
For a list of Arizona employers with immediate openings, click HERE.