Pennsylvania Unemployment Benefit Questions

I am a resident of Pennsylvania, but I got laid off from a job in a different state, where should I file my claim?

If you worked in only one state during your base period, that is where you should file for UC from. However, if you worked in multiple states during your base period, you should be filing a Combined Wage Claim (CWC). CWC can be filed from any one of the states in which you worked and earned wages during your base period.

If you are unsure about where you should file your claim from, contact UC service center and place a query either through the Internet or through phone call at 1-888-313-7284.

My layoffs are intermittent or sporadic, if so, how do I apply for Unemployment Compensation?

File an initial claim by either visit a One-Stop Career Center or by visiting the website UC service center or by calling them at 1-888-313-7284. Filing online would be the fastest way. Once your initial claim is processed, you may be expected to file bi-weekly claims to get weekly benefit checks. Should you fail to file the claim, the claim will become inactive. If you get a job for a week in between, don’t file for that week. And when you face unemployment again, simply re-open your existing claim and continue with weekly filing to claim your remaining benefits.



Does severance, salary continuation or separation pay affect UC benefits?

Any severance pay, that exceed 40% of the annual wage of Pennsylvania, is deducted from the claimants UC. This holds true only if the claimants application for benefit was filed on or after Jan 1, 2012 and if the severance pay agreement between the claimant and his employer was signed on or after Jan 1, 2012.

Whatever amount is deducted from a claimant’s benefits is allocated the weeks that immediately follow his/her job separation.



  1. I was wondering, I live in PA. I’ve been working at a business for more than 2 years full time, they recently cut our hours to 3 days per week due to lack of work. Since I was hired for full time can I leave and collect unemployment? I need to work full time. Or would I be eligible for part time benefits?

    • Yes, you can apply for partial UI benefits for reduction in the standard hours.

      Please consider applying.

  2. My employer recently fired me because another employee had spit in my face and a shoving match occured between us both. Can i still collect UC? HR rep said she would not fight me collecting. Also i had an on the job injury last year (within 18months) but i have been back to work for 5 months now witout restrictions, can i still collect?

    • You can leave the job and collect under such circumstances.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

  3. if you work part time can you still collect unemployment and how many hours are considered part time.

    • If the job is designed to be part time, you may not qualify.

      Please check further with the Unemployment Office in your state.

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

  4. Three years ago, I retired from an employer and have been receiving monthly pension payments. After retiring, I worked full time with another employer until recently when our contract was adjusted and my position was eliminated. Do I report this monthly pension when applying for UC, and does my monthly pension impact the UC benefits?

    Also, when applying for UC, do I use gross or net wages?

    • Yes please. Report the pension as well since it has an impact on UC benefits.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information on the last question.

    • To qualify for Unemployment Insurance, the claimant needs to have at least an year of continuous employment.

    • You will need to ask for Form 1099 G for filing taxes.

      You can download this from the official website or obtain it by calling the claims center.

  5. I turned in my FML paper work when I was almost 34 weeks pregnant. The paperwork was to show I would be out 6-8 weeks after delivery. I had no problems with this with my first pregnancy (2 years ago with same employer.) However, this time the Dr. who filled out my FML papers (I have never actually seen this Dr.) put under job limitations that I cannot lift more than 25lbs. I handed in the papers yesterday and today my HR office called to tell me that I cannot return to work because the weight lifting is considered a restriction for me. I am still able and willing to work but they will not let me come back until after I have the baby. This has put a financial hardship on myself and my family as I will only have enough paid time off for about 3 weeks. After that I will not be getting paid. I was told by someone I can collect until I have the baby. Is this true? If so, how do I go about filing?

    Thank you,

    Lauren Vogel

    • Personal reasons such as health issues are not considered.

      Please check further with the Unemployment Office in your state.

  6. I have been a full time USPS (postal worker) for 22 years and just recently I am now reduced to part time duty (about 15 hours a week). Can I file for partial unemployment compensation ?

    • Yes, you can claim and receive partial UI benefits as long as the hours cut is involuntary.

      Please consider filing.

  7. the company I work for is from wv,i live in pa but they got work in pa been working in pa ,when I claim do I get uc from pa since they got work in pa ,

  8. I lost my job of 25 years in on Dec 15, 2014. I collected unemployment and my benefits ran out after 26 weeks. I finally found work only to find out after 5 months I am being fired. Will I have enough benefits built up to collect ago until I find employment?

    • Not sure of this question.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information in this regard.

    • Generally, if you decide not to accept, it may be considered voluntary resignation. However,there are exceptions.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information before making a decision regarding your job.

  9. Hi, I didn’t have means of transportation after my car was damaged, and was in the auto body shop being fixed. Could I file for unemployment. I was with a temp agency and my assignment ended though I’m still active with the agency. Could I temporarily seek benefits, if I financially qualify? The loss of my car wasn’t due to my own fault though anothers.

    • I don’t think you will qualify for a temporary or contractual job.

      Please inquire further with the labor dept in your state.

  10. I have been laid off, but my employer is going to give me an hourly rate up to 15 hrs a week to complete required reporting. Will I be able to receive the full compensation that I am eligible for through unemployment.

  11. I am pregnant and am leaving for maternity leave for 8 weeks. My job doesn’t offer maternity leave pay. Can I collect unemployment while I am not employed during those 8 weeks?

  12. i am collecting a pension since october 2000 but have been working full time since then in other companies. i am being laid off and would like to know what unemployment payment be to me.

    • Please check with the customer service of the labor dept in this regard.

      Some states accept both whilst some don’t.

  13. I have been working perdiem and now they have hired a “floater” in the docs office that I work in. I have been working for the hospital 7 years. Now they have not been calling me. I worked 7 hours in three weeks. Am I eligible for some compensation?

    • You should be as long as your employment is a regular job and your application satisfies all rules.

      Please consider applying.

  14. I presently work in New Mexico and am leaving my present job because I have to move to PA. Will I be able to collect unemployment in PA while I’m not working?

    • Yes,you can.If you’re working part time,states provide UI for the hours not worked in a given week.
      Please consider applying for compensation.

    • I am not sure what you mean.If you left the current job because of the distance traveled,then it depends.Please contact the claims center in your state to understand more regarding this.

  15. I worked in 3 states in past 18 months and was wondering could I claim unemployment benefits in Pennsylvania even though I didn’t work there or live there maybe on a multi state claim or something

  16. I reside in sc. but my home base where my payroll came from was through pittsburgh. The rate is significantly higher there. Sc. says i am not eligible for pitt unemployment rate. Is this true?

  17. Had knee surgery, employer allowed me to come back on light duty. the knee did not improve and cant be repaired for a year so employer can no longer provide light duty and is terminating me. am I able to collect uc benefits?

    • If you are able to work light duty, actively seek and accept employment you will be able to collect if you meet the minimum earnings.

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