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.


  1. do i have to reopen my claim i missed my bi weekly filling date but i have not received any checks yet its going on 3 weeks

  2. I have been trying to sign up for 4 weeks now and it keeps telling me I have an active claim but need to re-open. I re-opened on Jan 13,2019 and it told me to sign in on Jan. 27 and file but again it keeps telling me my claim is inactive. I am missing 4 weeks pay and I call the unemployment office 43 times in one day and it’s busy. How can I get this straightened out? I’m dying with no pay.

    • your best bet is to go to your local Pa carreer link office. They have a phone in service that connects you immediatly to te unemployment office people no busy signals. i dont even bother calling anymore.

      • Contact your local state representative ..stop at office full out your request for. unemployment… Unemployment will respond in 24 hour….and it free to file and free fax service

  3. ive filed my claim 12/9/18 and filed for my for my first bi-weekly claim for the week of 12/15/18 – 12/22/18. i got my an email stating my claim for the week has been accepted (i filed a claim for 2 weeks but im assuming im only recieving benefits for one due to the waiting week) i recieved this “confirmation of your claims” email on 12/26/18 and it is now 1/5/19, it tells me on the UC website that “no payments have been issued to you within the last 4 weeks” i have setup my US Bank Reliacard that was sent to me in the mail. i am wondering when i will recieve my benefits, tomorrow on 1/6/19 i am able to file for my 2nd bi-weekly claim, but am concerned as i have yet to recieve payment for my first claim.

    • Joshua,

      Please call the Claims Center right away to find out about the claim status and how you can sort our future payments.


    • Jessica,

      I suggest you call the Unemployment Office in your state for specific instructions since each state runs its own benefits program for Military personnel.

  5. I was wondering where my UC 2 week payment is for the weeks of September 1, 2018, and August 25, 2018. I quit my job, and I spoke to a lady Ruth Ann, and she told me I could claim those 2 weeks even though I quit my job. She sent papers in the mail to me to fill out and fax back. I did that. Then I got another phone call from Elaine when she asked me questions, and told me that she had to contact my employer, then she would send me a letter to let me know what is going on. I didn’t hear anything yet, but why would they say I can collect unemployment but I never got my payment yet ? Please let me know what is going on. Thank you very much… Susan L. Arcuri.

    • Susan,

      Please note this is a private forum and we do not have access to your claim file. Please call the Claims Center at regular intervals and chase for a payment update.

  6. 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?

    • It would have been posted immediately after the holiday.

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

  7. 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??

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

  8. 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?

  9. Hello..
    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.

  10. 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?

    • 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.

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

  11. 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?

    • 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.

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

  13. 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

    • 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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