1/15/2021 - The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services has begun issuing payments to Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants for Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC). This program provides $300 per week in addition to each claimant's UI benefit.
This additional benefit is applied automatically to all UI claims that are receiving at least $1 in benefits. There is no need to file an additional application for this benefit, and the first payment will include back pay for eligible claims back to Dec. 27.
At this time, only UI claimants receiving regular Wyoming UI benefits will receive the FPUC payments, though DWS is working diligently to provide assistance to those eligible for the federal UI programs. These include Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). Those programs ended on Dec. 26, 2020, and the extension of both programs for up to 11 weeks took effect Dec. 27. When the system reprogramming is complete, the FPUC payments will be automatically applied to claimants filing under those programs, as well. DWS will post updates on the status of the system updates on this page.
1/5/2021 - The Department of Workforce Services has received guidance from the United States Department of Labor regarding the COVID-19 relief bill and we are working diligently to implement that guidance and make the required changes to the computer programming. This may take several weeks or even longer than a month to complete.
If you are filing for payment on a PUA claim, please wait to file until further notice. We will post an update on this feed as well as a message on WyomingWorkforce.org when filing for payment is available.
Claimants who are filing for payment on PEUC claims may continue to file, but please note that payment will not be available until updates to the UI computer system are completed.
Claimants who are filing for payment on regular UI claims, or filing new claims for regular Wyoming UI, may continue to file and these claims should not be delayed.
To determine which type of UI a claimant is receiving, navigate to the Inquiry page on WYUI.wyo.gov. The Inquiry page will display the type of claim being received.
Stimulus checks do not need to be reported as income when filing claims for payment.