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Pennsylvania Unemployment Weekly Claim

In order to keep obtaining an unemployment check every week, you must file a weekly claim, also known as a weekly certification or continued claim.

The purpose of filing a weekly claim is to tell the unemployment agency that you:

  • Are currently looking for work.
  • Have not done any work this week.
  • Have not earned anything this week
  • Have not found another job.
  • Want to receive an unemployment check or payment this week.

Generally, you must file for two weeks at once and is called a biweekly claim. However, you need to certify that you’re eligible for the benefits each week separately.


Questions & Answers

  1. Anita says:

    I was found eligible for benefits…the holiday fell on Tuesday….my benefits WERE NOT posted on my card by Thursday…when should they post?

    • Sam says:

      It would have been posted immediately after the holiday.

      Please call the Claims Center if you still haven’t received it.

  2. audrey says:

    our work weeks go from wed to wed but the dates they give u to file for are sat to sunday. how do I do that??

    • Sam says:

      The weekly claims window only opens during the designated time. Please file by phone or internet when the lines are open.

  3. michael trampe says:

    I want to reopen my claim for a partial payment. i’m working only 2 days next week [2-12thru 2-18] and 3 the following week.When do I reopen my claim?

  4. Deanna Knauss says:

    I reopened a claim in December from 2016 and I already waited my waiting week at the beginning of the claim. I have not received payment but it says to keep filing claims. I only filed for one week and thats all I am due as I am no longer laid off.

  5. jacqueline says:

    having problems getting thru to the numbers given for claims information, is there any other options? Is there an employment office I can go to to speak to a live person?

    • Sam says:

      Due to an unprecedented shutdown of at least three call centers in the state, many calls from claimants are going unanswered. We also have strong reasons to believe that there will be a delay in processing claims and this situation is expected to continue for a few more weeks. Please be patient or visit a local CareerLink Office to get faster access to the Claims System by phone. You can also try filing the weekly claim over the internet.

  6. sara says:

    i have a confirmation of claim that was submitted on 21st and still have not received the money in our account???

    • Martin says:

      Please call the claims center/customer service of the labor dept. in your state for further information. Make sure to chase at regular intervals.

  7. SandraLee Gingrich says:

    Each bi-week I report, I am asked the regular questions about work and not working. I have tried to answer as near as able with the varied blocks available. My situation seems to be unique, as I am required once a month sometimes for a full week, sometimes 4 days, to report for Grand Jury duty, working one week out of every month. My weeks of work were given to me at the start of the sessions, a total of 18 months. Nothing changes for me except possibly the number of total days I work there in the offices, in Harrisburg. For the last two report periods, at the end of filing, I am asked to immediately call in to UC offices, or my filing will be held. Why? Why must I call?

    • Martin says:

      I guess we do not have much rights against an authority. Please call ans try to sort amicably. If you feel its not justified, please ask for an Adjudicator.

  8. Ray says:

    How to you report your income when paid every two weeks from employer?

  9. Anita says:

    How long does it take to be entitled to benefits? I got my financial determination notice and filed my first claim.

  10. Karl Deimler says:

    Can not find the login area to claim my unemployment this coming weekend . Where do I go to login? I live in central pa.

  11. John McCallion says:

    I received a lump sum payment from last company I worked for in form of a pension it was $1,513 on 8/2. I submitted my bi weekly claim on 8/19 when will I receive my first check

    • kathy says:

      Did you report the receipt of the pension? Do you know how it may impact your beneift amount(s)? You can check claim status online. If your claim was submitted 8/19 – I think the earliest would be 8/22. Do not wait too long – call the local office if you can’t determine the answer shortly.

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