DLIR launches another unemployment benefits program

The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations on Wednesday announced it will launch the Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation Program.

Claimants are eligible for MEUC if, in addition to W-2 wages, they earned a net income of at least $5,000 in self-employment work in the most recent taxable year before they applied for unemployment benefits.

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The DLIR will begin processing MEUC applications today.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance recipients are not eligible for MEUC.

MEUC benefits are available for the week ending Jan. 2 through the week ending Sept. 4.

Claimants who think they might be eligible for MEUC benefits will need to submit proof of qualifying income to the department.

Apply online at pua.hawaii.gov.

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For more information about MEUC, visit hawaiiunemploymentinfo.com/faqs-individuals/#MEUC.

The complex MEUC program is the sixth federal benefit program implemented by the DLIR since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.

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