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Pennsylvania Unemployment Benefits Information

We are an online resource to help answer your questions, check eligibility and assist in applying for Unemployment. You will also be advised if you qualify for additional benefit programs and receive our benefit guide.

How to Claim Unemployment Benefits in Pennsylvania


To discover how to claim unemployment benefits in Pennsylvania, you must first find out whether you are eligible. The Department of Labor and Industry has set certain requirements that all applicants must meet in order to submit an unemployment benefits claim. The most important criterion that determines further eligibility is the reason why you lost your job. Thus, if you were fired for misconduct, criminal activities or an inability to perform your duties, you cannot claim unemployment benefits. Similarly, if you quit your job voluntarily, claiming benefits for unemployment is not an option for you. The only workers who are eligible for unemployment benefits claims are those who have been laid off through no fault of their own.

If you would like to apply for unemployment insurance, you must gather the necessary documents and submit an application as soon as you are without work. However, you cannot claim unemployment benefits if you are still employed, even if you are awaiting unemployment.

In Pennsylvania, you can apply for federal unemployment benefits in the following ways:

●    Online, by submitting an application via the official PA DLI website
●    By phone, by calling the state unemployment benefits toll-free number
●    In person, by submitting a paper application to any UC service center
●    By videophone service, for individuals who use American Sign Language 

To complete the application process, you will need to submit the following:

●    Your Social Security Number
●    Information about your past employers (names, addresses, starting and ending dates, reasons for leaving)
●    Your Employer Information form (if available)
●    Recent pay stubs
●    Driver’s license number
●    Your PIN (if you have one)