Pennsylvania Unemployment Benefits are administrated by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry in which unemployment compensation (UC) is paid to people who have lost a job through no fault of their own. This is temporary income meant to help make ends meet while people look for a job.
Am I eligible for Unemployment Compensation?
Finding out if your eligible for Unemployment Compensation is based on the base year of work and you've had to earned enough money during that base year to qualify for Unemployment. Also in order to be eligible for unemployment you must have lost a job because of something that wasn't your fault. If you're out of work because your employer had to make cutbacks, close an office, went out of business or something you couldn't control, it's possible that you will be eligible to collect UC.
If you're out of work because you quit or have been fired from your job, you might not be eligible for unemployment compensation. Also you must be ready to return to work and must be actively seeking for work while on unemployment.
How to apply for Unemployment Compensation (UC) in Pennsylvania
In order to apply for UC in Pennsylvania you will need to apply one of the following ways: You can apply via an online application which can be filed using PA's secure website 7 days a week, 24 hours, also you can apply via phone by calling the following toll-free number at 1-888-313-7284 or a paper application can be mailed to a UC service center which can be downloaded and mailed to the UC Service Center. Also for people who use American Sign Language (ASL) you can apply via the videophone service which is available every Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m. at 717-704-8474.
How will I receive my benefits from UC?
If you are eligible for Unemployment Compensation (UC) you will receive payments on a bi-weekly basis or a limited number of weeks. The amount you will receive is based upon the base years work and how much you have paid into UC. Please be aware that Pennsylvania Unemployment does not mail checks and prefers to use direct deposit for you bi-weekly payments.
Pennsylvania Unemployment Benefits Online Resources:
File an Initial Claim
Reopen a Claim
File a Biweekly Claim
Check a Claim Status