Pennsylvania Unemployment Job Search Requirements

In order to continue remaining eligible for UI, it is important that a claimant actively seeks out new job opportunities. As UC is intended to cover your struggle to get a new job, it’s vital that you meet the specified job search requirements while you are on UC.

Job search requirements for the state of Pennsylvania are as follows-

  • Applicants must actively hunt for new jobs
  • A minimum of two job contacts must be made in a week. Job contacts mean correspondence through email and resume submissions
  • All claimants are expected to preserve the proof of correspondence with an employer and produce it as and when it is asked for
  • A claimant must not be physically disabled. If you are differently abled, there are other programs to assist you.

All applicants are expected to prepare a work search report for every week for which they file a claim. Claimants will have to produce this work search report when asked to. Failure to do so may lead to disqualification from benefits.





    • Jennifer,

      You can look at exploring the ‘Career Centres’ for job and training requirements. The PA unemployment website has the required details.

  1. im currently in collage that I just started does unemployment help out with this anymore? Older people told me they use to be I don’t see anything that they do?

    • Tara,

      If you’re schooling full-time, it will affect your ability to work full-time. Under these circumstances, you’ll not qualify.

  2. I have tried to do the job thing required by unemployment it keeps asking me about a keystone password that i don;t remember it’s been too long since ive had it it has made it so that i cannot recieve my unemployment bennifits i need these to pay my bills my husband just had two strokes and i have been app;ying online for jobs i have the paperwork i filled out for you all and i cant find anyone to fax it for me please help!!!!!

    • Margaret,

      I can understand your frustration. Please call the Claims Center or try to visiting the nearest office for an update.

  3. I currently receive unemployment from Pennsylvania. I am interested in learning PLC maintenance. Does Pennsylvania have a program to assist with this endeavor?

    • I am not sure of the available programs. Please call the Unemployment Office or visit the nearest unit for further details.

  4. i started a medical billing and coding course to learn a new profession following the closure of the hospital i worked for. is attending school/classes permissible? is attending job fairs and applying for jobs still required?

    • If the program is certified by the Unemployment Office in your state, you can continue attending.

      Please call them for further information.

  5. I am interested in applying for the jibs at the new restaurants and motels/hotels in Altoona/Hollidaysburg area. Where do I find what is available and where to apply?

  6. I have worked for this company for 36 years and I will be 63 in July. I have been talking about retirement the last couple of months so the company asked me if I would take a layoff so they could keep some of the younger workers. If I take the layoff would I (because of my age 63) )still have to apply for jobs every week, or could I just collect until my checks ran out and then retire????

    • Depends.If you file for UI benefits in your state, you’ve to apply for jobs and submit proof to the labor dept.

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