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Pennsylvania Unemployment Phone Number

In case you have filed an application for unemployment compensation benefits within the last year, and have a particular question about your claim or your eligibility, call the PA Unemployment Phone Number: Toll Free: 1-888-313-7284.

UC service center hours of operation are 8 a.m.- 4p.m Monday through Friday with Mondays being heavy call days. Due to extremely heavy call volume, it is advisable to use the Internet to apply for benefits and verify check benefit amounts. If you still need to get in touch, please call the UC service center later in the day and later in the week, when call volume is lighter.

When you call the PA unemployment phone number, ensure that you have:

  • Social security number,
  • Dates of employment
  • Names and addresses of your employers,
  • Gross earnings, and your
  • Driver’s license number

You will also need a pen and paper to write down your claim number and any other relevant details.

Questions & Answers


    I am scheduled for surgery next month and my HR department has informed me since I used up my sick time for my last surgery I will not get paid. Am I eligible to collect unemployment for the time I am out for recovery

    • Martin says:

      You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

      Personal Reasons such as health are not considered.

  2. Joseph M says:

    5 years ago I signed up for early retirement, in two years I asked about withdrawing from the program and paying any penaty for withdrawing. The answer was no that once I signed nowithdraws were permitted.I have reached the 5 year time limit and out of work and been looking for employement for the past month. I have not been able to find employement in my field and not getting any younger,can I file a claim for UE I am 62 1/2 now and jobs are not plentiful?

    • Martin says:

      To qualify, one needs to have employment in the last 5 calendar quarters.

      If you’ve worked during this period, please consider applying.

  3. Irene says:

    Employee has been out of work for over a month having medical tests performed. If I do away with her position, will she be able to collect unemployment? My office has 30 employees.

    • Martin says:

      If the employee is laid off due to lack of work, they can collect.

      Please confirm with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  4. Michelle Boyd says:

    I was just looking for some help I have gotten so mixed answers and need to find the right one before its too late.
    Last year June 18,2014 I was let go after 10 years due to closing, I worked a temporary job until august. I did get unemployment for six month till sometime in Febuary of this year. The only job I could find was a seasonal job at a campground in April. We will be closing for the season on october 16 can I collect unemployment off of my last job? Because when I had called prior to losing unemployment after 6 month to see if there was an extension I was told I could refile after june and should have no problem getting it. Any info would be appreciated I am a single mom and need some help.
    Thank you
    Michelle Boyd

    • Martin says:

      Please note there is no federal extension available. You will only be eligible to receive unemployment insurance for up to 26 weeks.

      If there is any remainder from your last claim, you can receive benefits for those weeks.

  5. Leonard Bori says:

    I had to leave my job on April 30 with a small company to take care of me wife, who is already partially disabled, as a result of surgery to replace her shoulder—-she requires frequent trips for PT and home therphy 3 to 5 times a day for about 3 to 4 months. I can return to work in another 6 to 10weeks but my position has been filled already. Should I file now—wait until I can return to work–or am I not qualified to file for this reason. By the way–I had worked for this company for 20 years—my employer was in Pa. and I live in NJ

    thank you

    Leonard Bori

  6. Daniel F Job Sr says:

    I am accepting a voluntary early Retirement Incentive offer of $25,000. Am I eligible for benefits of unemployment compensation benefits on the ” voluntary layoff option ” proviso under the Law (“VLO Proviso”). The ( Diehl ) decision is notable because it increases the likelihood that employees who elect a retirement or severance package also will be granted unemployment compensation benefits. This incentive was offered for a reduction in force.They made me sign a paper that said in part that I could not get unemployment compensation and the next day I find THIS out. They mislead me into signing.What can I do now. I want to get that paper back and change my decision. Can you help me?

  7. Concerned Person says:

    Also, get it together, Unemployment. I’m sitting here, out of work, trying hard to get a job, and you take yours for granted?! “States Wise Questions” under the Q&A section of this page is misspelled. Should say “State Wide Questions.” Typos are unacceptable.

  8. Adrian says:

    We are not a govt organisation or sponsored by any state. The lines will be busy most of the times.Please try calling them during non peak hours to speak to the customer service.

  9. how can I check on a dispute says:

    I filled for a re-hearing and have had no reply

  10. Jessica Bennett says:

    I am serving a term with Keystone Americorps; I am pregnant and will be having a the baby in 11 days; Americorps will be starting my suspension on June 28th; this suspension will be without pay; I need to know if I will be eligible to recieve unemployment until my maternity leave is over and I go back to work to finish my term of service.

  11. Jayda Phillippi says:

    I got let go from Little Voyagers Daycare on June 17-2013 because the Center does have have enough children in the daycare to keep me working. I started working there on February 8-2012.

    • Jayda Phillippi says:

      I got let go from Little Voyagers Learning Center on June 17-2013 because the center does not have enough children in the daycare to keep me working. I started working there on February 8-2012.

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