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Did you earn at least $ 1320 in the base period in

Base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. If you are filing today, base period is Jul 2013 - Sep 2013 to Apr 2014 - Jun 2014

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CALL: 888-313-7284, Monday through Friday from 8.a.m. - 4 p.m. with Mondays being heavy call days. If your Social Security number ends in an even number, call on Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday. If it ends in an odd number, call on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.

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Disclaimer: The estimates are given in good faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for loss or damage caused by the tools on our website.

    State: Pennsylvania (PA)
    Phone Number: 888-313-7284, Monday through Friday from 8.a.m. - 4 p.m. with Mondays being heavy call days. If your Social Security number ends in an even number, call on Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday. If it ends in an odd number, call on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.
    File Online: http://www.dli.state.pa.us
    Major Towns: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, Reading, Bethlehem, Scranton, Lancaster, and Levittown

    Current Unemploymnet Rate in Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania Unemployment Questions

    What are the new registration requirements after I file my application for benefits?
    You must register for employment search services with the Pennsylvania Careerlink® system within 30 days after you file your application for benefits. If you are not already registered, create a Keystone ID and Password, using your complete Social Security number. Use your Keystone ID and Password. If you previously created a Keystone ID and Password, login and update your information to include your complete Social Security number and all applicable information.

    I am currently in another state, do the registration requirements affect me?
    Yes. You must register for employment search services in your local labor market in that state within thirty days after your Pennsylvania application for benefits is filed, but you must also register in the Pennsylvania CareerLink® system by the same deadline.

    How do I request to receive my benefits by debit card?
    You do not need to sign up to receive your payments via debit card. If you do not have direct deposit, a debit card will be mailed to you automatically after you have been determined financially eligible for benefits.

    What should I do if I receive a UC payment for a week that I am working?
    If you believe that a benefit payment was issued to you improperly or in the wrong amount, contact the UC office immediately.

    If I run out of unemployment compensation benefits, would I qualify for extended benefits?
    On June 30, 2008, President Bush signed a federal extension of UC benefits – Emergency Unemployment Compensation, or EUC, and the program began paying benefits to eligible workers beginning with the week ending July 12, 2008.

    What should I do if I’m unable to get through to the UC service center via telephone?

    Each UC service center is open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and Sundays 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays are traditionally a heavy call day. Customers who wish to apply or claim UC benefits are encouraged to file online, or call the UC service center later in the day and later in the week, if possible, when call volume is lighter.

    During times of high call volume, a call back system may be in place. If you would like a return call, you must enter your Social Security number and the telephone number where you can be reached. Calls are returned from 7 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Sunday through Friday. The UC service center telephone system utilizes line blocking or caller ID block. Callers who have anonymous call rejection activated on their telephones must deactivate this service to receive return calls from the UC service center.



    I was told by my employer that I may be furloughed or laid off intermittently during the next several months. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits?

    To be eligible for UC benefits, you must meet certain requirements, including the following: First, you must have sufficient wages in the base year. The base year is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters preceding the application for benefits. Second, you must have been unemployed through no fault of your own. Generally, the reason for your separation from employment will determine whether this requirement is met. This decision is based on the information you supply when you file your application for benefits and information collected from your former employer. Third, you must maintain eligibility on a week-to-week basis. For example, you must be able and available for work.

    If your hours of work have been reduced or you otherwise continue to work less than your normal full-time work week, you may be eligible for partial benefits.



    Will receiving a pension make me ineligible for UC benefits?

    When filing for unemployment compensation (UC) benefits, you are required to report all pensions, including retirement, retired pay, annuities or other similar periodic payments and lump-sum pension payments. Pension and retirement payments are deducted from UC benefits if a base year employer maintained or contributed to the pension plan and if the base year employment affected your eligibility for, or increased the amount of, the pension. If the base year employer alone contributed to the pension, 100 percent of the prorated, weekly amount of the pension is deductible. If you contributed in any amount to the pension, 50 percent of the prorated, weekly pension amount is deductible. Pensions are deductible from weekly benefits on a dollar-for-dollar basis. The partial benefit credit is not applicable.

    A lump-sum pension payment is not deducted from UC, unless you had the option of taking a monthly pension. In addition, a lump-sum pension is not deductible if you "roll over" the lump sum into an eligible retirement plan such as an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) within 60 days of receipt.

    Social Security and Railroad Retirement pensions are not deducted from UC benefit payments.



    May I collect UC benefits while attending school?

    The PA UC Law does not disqualify you for benefits simply because you are a full or part-time student. Additionally, you will not be ineligible for any claim week that you are in training approved by the secretary of the Department of Labor & Industry and are otherwise eligible.

    You may not be eligible for UC benefits if you quit your job to enroll in an academic credit training program. There is no requirement that you must be available for full-time or permanent work. Your work history can be full-time, part-time, or seasonal. However, you must not refuse suitable work when offered. You may also be ineligible if you refuse a referral to a job opportunity.

    A claimant is ineligible if a claimant's limitation on availability for employment effectively removes the claimant from the local labor market. For you to be ruled ineligible, it must be because the particular limitation on your availability is such that a search for employment in the local labor market would have an unreasonable low possibility of success. For example, a claimant must be able and available for the majority of the workweek.

    You may also be ineligible for benefits if you fail to participate in reemployment services to which you have been referred through the claimant profiling system. You may also be ineligible for benefits if you fail to be available to be contacted by the UC service center when instructed to do so. It is your responsibility to inform the UC service center when you are unavailable for scheduled services. When you know that you will be unavailable to be contacted at the scheduled time, call the UC service center immediately.



    I don’t have regular Internet access. How can I request a printed copy of the PA UC Handbook?
    You can request a printed copy of the PA UC Handbook by calling the UC service center toll free at 888-313-7284, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sundays 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    What is the PREP program and why must I attend?

    The Profile Reemployment Program (PREP) is Pennsylvania’s version of the federally mandated Worker Profiling and Reemployment Service system. PREP is designed to identify claimants who are most likely to exhaust unemployment compensation (UC) benefits and may need assistance to find a new job.

    You may be ineligible for benefits for any week in which you fail to participate in reemployment services to which you have been referred through PREP. If selected, you must participate in this mandatory program unless there is justifiable reason for your failure to participate. If you receive a letter to attend a PREP orientation and you are not able to do so, you must call the PA CareerLink® office shown on the letter to discuss your availability.




Questions & Answers

  1. Sara says:

    Long story short my son was overpaid uc benefits a few years ago and for the past 4 years the IRS has taken his entire refund checks. This has amounted to approximately 10,000 – 12,000 dollars. Questions are: 1: how does he get a copy of the records showing how much was due and how much was interest. 2: is it possible for him to question these amounts and possibly get some refunded if they are NOT correct? 3: who does he contact for help? He is a step above minimum wage earner with wife and 2 kids. I can’t believe these amounts are correct considering his income over those years could not have been that great. Any help you can offer would be appreciated.

    • Adrian says:

      First of all, your son may have received 1099 G which would have given the details of the payment made and benefits received.
      If you have not,please call 888-313-7284.

      Secondly, we do not have any information on the tax refund.Please contact your local tax authority for further information.

  2. Kristin says:

    Thank you for your quick response Adrian

  3. Kristin says:

    PA unemployment owes my husband $650 after they took the amount from his 2013 tax refund. They admitted to the error and told us a check would be processed and sent to us. This took place in January and they still have not sent us the money. We have contacted them every month since then and still have not received the money. Is this legal? We are very close to hiring a lawyer as the UC employees have no answers for us.

    • Adrian says:

      They cannot drag it for so long.

      Please check for adjudication process on the website of the labor dept in your state and make use of it.

  4. Joseph Paul says:

    I will be returning home after retiied from the U.S. Army . Will my pension affect unemployment while searching for work?

    • Adrian says:

      Well, Yes. It may affect the benefits you will apply for.Please check with the labor dept in your state.

  5. Kathy Macauley says:

    My daughter is a nurse and has been suspended regarding something she supposedly has done wrong. She has no idea what it is and is supposed to meet with her boss and HR next week. She has heard that she is going to be fired but won’t find out what for until the meeting with hr. She is single mom with 2 kids. She would like to quit when they call her in rather than have being fired on her record. Can she collect unemployment?

    • Adrian says:

      Depends.If she lost the job due to no fault of her’s then she can collect.

      Either ways, you can consider filing.

  6. Cynthia Smith says:

    Our Pennsylvania employer gave everyone 3 days off as “punishment” since no one volunteered to take run a truck load of outboard motors for him to Georgia and Florida. He had contacted two contractors he uses and none were available. We are classisfied as mechanics, painters, shop tech and office staff. He did not ask anyone outright to go and we were all under the assumption he was going as his son would be racing in Florida and he goes to most of those. Are we eligible for unemployment or is this a legal suspension?

    • Adrian says:

      The legality of the suspension is best answered by your employer or a local law expert. You can get in touch with the labor dept in this regard.

  7. Megan says:

    I got administratively terminated while out on Maternity leave. I was approved for 2 months off work, but after 6 weeks they told me they had to terminate me. Can I receive unemployment benefits?

    • Adrian says:

      You should be.If you’re now looking for jobs, please consider applying for UI benefits until you find one.

  8. PauBrooks says:

    I am wondering what the hold on benefit compensation payments is. I filed for a new claim Feb 2. This is now March 25. This needs resolved asap. My next step is to get a lawyer and file charges. Ohio has informed me your offices had this wage information Feb 27 and again March 5.

    • Adrian says:

      Please note that we’re not a govt organisation and do not have access to claims information.

      Please follow up immediately with the claims center of the labor dept in your state for an update before investing on a lawyer.

  9. Tom says:

    I work out of a union hall, and my pension is fully funded by me, not by the employer. Can I collect unemployment and my pension without penalty?

  10. Bob says:

    I’m 591/2 can I withdraw money from my 403b to pay off my home without it affecting unemployment benefits

  11. James Corcoran says:

    I am a union laborer, getting my work from the union hall. I took a seasonal job with ISS/Amazon at 14.50 a hour with the understanding that I would be laid off when the peak season ended. Peak season ended Jan 5, 2014 and quite a few people were laid off. I however was not laid off, pay cut to 13.50 a hour, and lost my overtime day. I do not want to work the same shift for less money but was told that was the pay. Can I collect if I quit?

  12. Brian Barrera says:

    Hello! I been searching online for a hour or so looking to find my answer. I’ll try to make it quick and simple. I’m due to reopen my claim and it would be for a partial week. If I receive the same amount I did last year, then my work take home gross would be just under the maximum amount I could use to claim and still get a partial unemployment. So to make a long story short can I open and use my waiting week on a week I only worked partially? Or should I not even bother reopening it for that week. Thanks a lot for your time, Brian

  13. Anthony Jones says:

    My claim is inactive, why?

  14. Patricia Young says:

    On March of 2013 my PA benefits expired, the UC Rep told me that i had to use my benefits that accumalated in New Jersey so i was transferred there and waited three months to recieved benefits. I started recieving benefits in June 10th 2013, in Oct i started a temp assignment that lasted til Dec 20, 2013 where do i file for unemployement ( the job was in PA.) But i still have funds in NJ. PLEASE GIVE ME AN ANSWER CURRENTLY WITHOUT AND FUNDS.

  15. jessica Gonzalez says:

    I want to move but I don’t have a job where I’m moving yet. Can I file for unemployment in PA and move to Puerto rico

  16. Patty says:

    I have a friend who has been denied benefits because his quarters did not equal. I have never heard of such a thing. How can that be?

  17. Matt W says:

    If i am currently laid off and able to find full-time employment but at a much lower wage, am I still eligible to recieve unemployment benefits?

  18. Mary Brown says:

    I can’t remember my pin no.

  19. nancy king says:

    How soon after my claim has been excepted and i completed my bi-weekly claim that my first check will arrive?

  20. Pedro R Sanchez says:

    I have been without employment since mid August of 2012. For such July – August period I earned approximately $4900.00 dollars. I have complied with all the requirements and instructions of Career Link without success. On my own I had applied at least to 150 different places including civil service. I had successfully gone to three personal interviews and at least more than twenty preliminary phone interviews without much success. I need to know if under this set of circumstances I may be entitled for additional benefits under Federal unemployment dispositions.Kindest Regards. Pedro S.

  21. Patrick says:

    if I am working part time but under 20hours per week(10-14)would I still be eligible for benefits

    • kathy says:

      If you lose work through no fault of your own, you qualify for benefits. Please call the unemployment office to discuss details.

  22. Tom Parrish says:

    I am a union ironworker. If I get laid-off and start collecting unemployment benefits, would I be able to collect my pension and continue on unemployment without affecting my unemployment compensation benefits?

  23. Nina Mckinney says:

    I was a Sous Chef in PA and had to move when my husband relocated to MD to another job. I have not been able to find a Sous Chef job in my area. Can I receive unemployment benefits?

    • Baggie says:

      Look for a job and file for benefits. You might have to file in PA as your last job was in that state. Please check of eligibility requirements. job separation also plays a crucial role in determining if you qualify.

  24. troy padasak says:

    im going to be laid off soon. im planning on going to college, can i collect uc while attending school?

  25. lynn mason says:

    If I was fired due to my supervisor lying on me, and me responding by not following through to irrational demands she was making, but still me doing my job, would I.be eligible for benefits of unemployment compensation?

  26. ed craft says:

    if im laid off 1 day day can i open a claim (open my waiting week)for that one day

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