Iowa Workforce Development today released information regarding two new unemployment benefit programs available to Iowans. The first program, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), will be available beginning today through the week ending Dec. 26 for people who have exhausted their 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits. The PEUC was created by the federal CARES Act and provides an additional 13 weeks of federally funded benefits. The weekly benefit amount for PEUC is the same amount an individual receives for regular unemployment benefits. Payments will include all back payments for which the individual is eligible, in addition to the $600 weekly Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation payments through the end of July. Additionally, due to the increased number of unemployment benefits since the middle of March, State Extended Benefits have been triggered. Unemployed workers who exhaust their allotted weeks of regular state unemployment and then the 13 weeks of federal PEUC benefits will now be eligible for State EB, which provides up to an additional 13 weeks of regular unemployment benefits. No additional action is needed by claimants; they will be automatically moved to the new programs as they exhaust regular payments, the agency said. Iowans will not be eligible for State EB until PEUC benefits have first been exhausted. Iowa Workforce Development will notify claimants when they exhaust PEUC and become eligible for State Extended Benefits.