Pennsylvania Unemployment Eligibility
Updated : June 12th, 2019
In order to monetarily qualify for UC benefits, you should have earned sufficient wages during the base period. The base period is the first 4 quarters of the last 5 completed calendar quarters. The wages you earned during the base period, often forms the basis on which your eligibility is determined and weekly benefit amounts are calculated.
As you may already know, UC is for those individuals who lost their jobs due to no mistake of their own. This means that if you were fired from your last job because of a mistake you made or for gross misconduct/ disciplinary issues, chances of you qualifying for UC are slim.
And finally, you must be willing and available for full-time work. That is yet another important eligibility criteria for UC. This means that if you reject a suitable job offer while you are on UC, you may end up being disqualified from UC.
Common Eligibility Questions
I was fired from my last job, can I still qualify for UC?
To be frank, your chances are slim. Typically in PA, folks who get fired from their jobs are rarely considered eligible for UC. This means that claimants who lost their reason due to no mistake of yours alone get to receive UC benefits. So it is unlikely that you will qualify for UC.
However, we still recommend that you file a claim for UI. There are some cases where even fired claimants were deemed eligible for UI, so you should not refrain from filing for UI just because you were fired.
If you feel that firing you was uncalled for and that not justified, bring that to the attention of the authorities at the Unemployment Insurance Agency. If your claim was denied because you were fired from your last job, you may get the chance to appeal .
I was laid off from my previous job as the company was shutting down. Will I qualify for UI benefits?
Laws vary from state to state in the U.S. In general, claimants who were laid off from their jobs because there was no sufficient work or because the company was shutting down are usually eligible for UI. As long as there is no mistake of yours behind your job separation, you should be okay.
However, keep in mind that it is not the only criterion for qualifying for UC. You must have earned minimum wages and worked minimum hours during your base period to be eligible.
I wish to quit my job for a very genuine reason. Will I be able to collect UI benefits?
That would depend on the reason that compelled you to quit your job. However, in general, claims are denied to claimants who opted for a voluntary resignation as this is a direct negation to the rule that applicants must have lost their jobs due to no fault of theirs.
That said, the state of Pennsylvania does understand that there could be reasons outside of your control that compel you to leave your job. Hence, some applicants are considered eligible if the reason behind the decision to quit was one of the following.
- Unavailability of suitable transportation
- Harassment at work
- Unfriendly working environment
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Watch this video to know more about unemployment eligibility requirements in the state of Pennsylvania –