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State: Pennsylvania (PA)
Phone Number:Please contact 888-255-4728. Each UC service center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Mondays are traditionally a heavy call day. Please note - If your SSN ends in an odd number — 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 — please call the service center for assistance on Monday. If your SSN ends in an even number — 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 — please call on Tuesday. The UC service centers will continue to accept calls from claimants with any SSN on Thursdays and Fridays.
Major Towns:Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, Reading, Bethlehem, Scranton, Lancaster, and Levittown
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Pennsylvania Unemployment Questions

I was told by my employer that I may be 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-

  • You must be financially eligible.
  • You must have a qualifying separation from employment.
  • You must continuously maintain your eligibility for benefits, by satisfying the UC laws.

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.

What happens after I’ve applied for UI benefits?

You will receive a total of three mailers from the PA Department of Labor after applying for UI benefits. The first mail will contain an official Notice of Financial Determination. The second mail will contain a Claim Confirmation Letter (which is form UC-360) and a PIN (Personal Identification Number) for PAT, filing over the telephone. The third mailer will have a printed copy of PA UC Handbook which is sent to you within a span of 10 days after you’ve applied for UI Benefits.

What are the 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 to login and to update relevant 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.

If I run out of unemployment compensation benefits, would I qualify for extended benefits?

No, Pennsylvania is not currently in an Extended Benefit period. Extended benefits are only applicable during an Extended Benefit period. Under the Extended Benefit period, it is payable only if the qualified individual has exhausted the regular benefits under the Pennsylvania UC Law.

What is the PAT number and what are its operational hours for filing a teleclaim?

PAT Toll-Free number is 888-255-4728 and the operational hours are from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday, and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Friday. If the number is busy, hang up and try again after sometime.

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?

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.

What is the PREP and RESEA program and why must I attend?

The Profile Reemployment Program (PREP) and Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) Program are Pennsylvania’s version of the federally mandated Worker Profiling and Reemployment Service system. PREP and RESEA are 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 and RESEA. If selected, you must participate in these mandatory programs unless there is justifiable reason for your failure to participate.

Questions & Answers

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  1. Im currently on UCI benefits and on the R.T.A.A. program in Pa.,U.S. I get 563 dollars a week for 18 weeks if I return to school on the trade act of 2015 do I receive uci money and if I exhaust of my unemployment what am I eligible for? Can I file for extension? or file for T.R.A. or do I remain on R.T.A.A. and work 20 hours and what is the 200 dollars a week for on R.T.A.A. please answer this for me? barry CAIN PETITION NUMBER 91251 out of PA.

    1. The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  2. We live in NJ, but my husband worked in PA and was laid off in Sept. He still cannot find a job. Is there an extension? If no federal, what can we do. Can he file for NY unemployment since that is where we live?

  3. I got laid off a couple days ago and filed for UC benefits and released i didn’t fill one part out right. The part i didn’t fill out right was “are you being recalled back to work at a later and i put no. Well i am being recalled in march since i am a seasonal worker. I tried to go back to change but i can only file a whole new application, so that’s what i did. Now do i file on the date the first application i filled out or the 2nd correct application i filled out?

    1. Please have this corrected immediately by calling the Claims Center. You can speak to a representative for further instructions in this regard.

  4. I just got laid off and filed for UC benefits and some of the info was wrong and i couldn’t go back and change it with out redoing a new application for benefits, so i just filed a new one 4 days later after unsuccessfully trying to get a hold of anyone. So my question is should i file for benefits on the date the first application said i should or file on the new correct application i filed?

    1. Unless either of the applications is confirmed, we may not be able to decide the basis.

      Please try calling during off-peak hours and speak to a representative.

  5. my company lost contract after 26 years.. new company offered, but it is now salaried positon andformer one was hourly..(same annual compenstation.) but I know have to work many, many hours extra to get the work done.the work was misrepresented and the work load.
    the department originally had 4 people and now I’m the only one.. would I be eligible for UC benefits from former employer..I have a termination letter from them.

  6. I have been on unemployment for 4 month still have not found a job. In philadelphia ,Pa unemployment is 6 month, can they extend my unempliyment if i didnt find a job in 2 months?

    1. Please note there is no federal extension available.

      You may call the Unemployment Office to confirm the availability of state-provided extension.

  7. If I have to quit my job because I need to move, would I be able to collect unemployment until I find a new job.

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

    1. UI benefits are not revolving in nature. You can only reapply if there are benefit weeks left in your account.

      Please call the Unemployment Office.

  8. Hi, I have been separated from my job and have been approved for UC. There really aren’t jobs here in our area of PA.
    We are thinking of relocating to Florida. My husband would be able to get a job quickly. Would I be able to continue to collect UC until I would find a job? Thanks for your time!

    1. Yes, you can move them over to the new state. Please contact the Unemployment Office in the current state for further information.

  9. My fiance resigned from his job in Pa, moved to Georgia for a new position but it is not working out for him. Should he be terminated, will he be able to file UCI from the job in Pa? In Georgia you are not eligible for unemployment until after 1 year.

    1. If he loses the job due to involuntary reasons such as lay offs, he will be eligible.

      The application should be made from the state of last employment.

    1. Please visit the official website of the labor dept in your state and look for Form 1099-G or call the claims center on the phone numbers provided.

  10. due plant closing in march 2015 husband opened a claim in and started collecting unemployment not sure of the date but he started working part time and then collected partials in september the place he worked for awarded him fulltime status in Nov 2015 he needed to hit retirement to help pay for medical insurance and some of my medical bills as well as pay of government student loans that were in forebearance the place he is working for is having a temporary reduction in hours and he will need to reactivate his partial unemployment status will there be any problem with restarting a partial claim due to withdrawing money from his retirenment

  11. I am currently working for a company making $50,000. The company has been sold and I am being told that my new salary will be $32,000. If I do not accept this and am forced to leave, am I eligible for unemployment while I seek other employment?

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

      Please check further with the labor authorities in your state.

  12. I cerified late. Which i missed 2weeks pay. I certify today and they gave me one week pay I need both payments what could have went wrong. Also will they give me that other weeks pay i really need it. I understand I did not get the other payments due to not having internet but this week i NEED BOTH PAYMENTS…

    1. Please note we’re not associated with the labor authorities in your state.

      Speak to the claims center for further advice.

  13. I am nearing my 26-weeks of unemployment and benefit year does not expire until April 2016. Am I eligible for a Federal extension of unemployment benefits until April 2016 in the state of Pennsylvania? Thank you!

    1. The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  14. My husband lost his job in Jan. 2015. He started a new job over 200 miles from our house near Pittsburgh. I had to quit my job and we have relocated to the area this last week. Am I eligible for unemployment compensation?

  15. I am laid off from a full time position and have been collecting UC benefits for 4 weeks, my employer wants to call me back to work for 25 hours a week. PA UC says I can file for partial benefits but they will only pay the difference between the my gross and $470 UC limit. This mean I will have $17 less a week in income based on my net wage. Can I refuse the part time job offer?

  16. Filed a claim for UC but because of severance package I was told I could bot receive benefits until August 2015. My position was eliminated on 04/24/2015. I filed for benefits for 04/26/2015. Failed to register for job search but has been actively looking and maintaining a log. Told by UC that because I failing to register for job search within 3o days I was ineligible for UC for week ending 06/04/2015. Does this mean I can not Collect?????

    1. If probably means that you’re not eligible only for the particular week.

      Please check further with the claims center of the labor dept in your state.

  17. My question is: Why didn’t I receive my Pennsylvania UC Handbook, my Claim Confirmation Letter,and my Notice of Financial Determination, I filed an initial Claim on 12/26/14, and I am still waiting for all this information. Can you tell me why I am waiting so long for this? Is it because of the Holidays ? I call PAT systems on Sunday, January 4, 2015, and I didn’t receive my information yet. Please E-mail me at [email protected], and let me know. Thank you… Susan L. Arcuri

    1. Please note that we’re not a govt. organisation nor associated with the labor dept in PA. Please call the claims center for an update.

      Since it is the holiday season, there will be delay. Initial claims take up to 10 working days to be processed. You can probably wait for a couple of more days before contacting them.

  18. 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.

    1. 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.

  19. 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.

    1. 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.

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

  21. 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?

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

      Either ways, you can consider filing.

  22. 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?

    1. 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.

  23. 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?

  24. 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.

    1. 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.

  25. 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?

  26. 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?

  27. 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

  28. 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.

  29. 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?

  30. 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?

  31. 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.

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

  32. 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?

  33. 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?

    1. 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.

  34. 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 eligible for benefits of unemployment compensation?

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