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Pennsylvania Unemployment

Unemployment compensation (UC) is economic aid given to workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Any unemployed person may file a claim for UC benefits; however, your eligibility is based on the information provided by you and your employer(s). You must file and application for UC benefits in order to be paid.

You must first meet the eligibility requirements which are:

  1. Have earned enough wages and credit weeks in employment covered by the PA UC Law.
  2. Be totally or partially unemployed through no fault of your own.
  3. Be able and available to work and accept any suitable job.
  4. Register with Pennsylvania JobGateway.
  5. Apply for two jobs each week.
  6. Engage in at least one job search activity per week.
  7. Maintain a record of all your work searches.
  8. File biweekly claims.
  9. Report all your work and earnings.

Additionally, you will need the following documentation:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your home address, mailing address and telephone number
  • Your alien registration number (if not a U.S. citizen)
  • DD Form 214 (if you were on active duty in the U.S. military during the last two years)
  • Information from Standard Form 8, Standard Form 50, W-2s and or pay stubs (if you worked for the federal government in the last 18 months)
  • The name and mailing address of your last employer(s)
  • The dates you started and finished working
  • A report of your earnings
  • Your bank and banking account information

You may be ineligible if:

  • Your highest quarterly wage is less than $1688.
  • Your total base-year wages are not enough to qualify.
  • You credit weeks are not enough.
  • You quit or are unemployed due to your own fault.
  • You are discharged or suspended for misconduct.
  • You are ill, disable or not available to work.
  • You are not actively searching for work.
  • You give false information or withhold facts to receive benefits.
  • You are self-employed.
  • You are in prison.


After the Department of Labor and Industry has made Unemployment Compensation (UC) eligibility determination, you will be sent a copy of the determination. You can appeal a determination of eligibility by requesting a hearing within 15 calendar days of the mailing date of the original determination. You should send the appeal to the UC service center indicated on the determination. If you do not file the appeal before the specified time frame, the determination will be final. If the decision is reversed, your benefits will be paid.

Find additional appeals information at: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/.

Special Unemployment Programs

In addition to the Unemployment Compensation program, Pennsylvania also administers other specialized unemployment compensation programs for workers who have exhausted their UD benefits, workers who have been affected by foreign competition, former federal civilians, among others. Visit http://www.portal.state.pa.us/ to find detailed information about all these programs.


You will find additional information in the Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Booklet found at: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/.