How to file an unemployment claim in Pennsylvania
Unemployed workers in Pennsylvania can file a biweekly unemployment insurance claim with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Pennsylvanians can qualify for up to 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits, with special extended unemployment benefits available.
Pennsylvania Unemployment Benefits
If you qualify for PA unemployment benefits, you will receive weekly benefits of about one-half the full time weekly wage you earned before becoming unemployed. In addition, you may receive additional weekly payments for dependents (including a spouse or children). The maximum weekly payment available through Pennsylvania’s unemployment program is $558-$566. Unemployment benefits are paid for by a special PA unemployment tax on employers only (these taxes cannot be transferred to employees).
Filing for Unemployment in PA
You can submit an application for unemployment compensation online, by mail, or through any CareerLink office throughout the state. You will need the following information while preparing your unemployment application:
- Your Social Security number.
- Your complete address.
- The name, complete address and phone number of your most recent employer.
- The first and last dates of your employment.
- The reason for leaving your last job.
- If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will need your alien registration number.
- If you served on active duty in the U.S. military in the last 18 months, you will need your DD 214, Member Copy 4.
PA Unemployment Phone Numbers
You can file your unemployment application over the phone between 7am and 8:30PM on weekdays or 7AM and 2:30PM on Sundays by calling the Unemployment Compensation Service Center at 1-888-313-7284 (1-888-334-4046 for deaf or hard of hearing).
PA Unemployment Application
You can submit an initial unemployment application online through the PA Department of Labor, or download a paper application, at the following locations:
Online Unemployment Application: https://www.paclaims.state.pa.us/UCEN/
Printable Unemployment Application: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=18&objID=438486&mode=2
Denied Applications & PA Unemployment Extension
If your application for unemployment is denied, or you run out of unemployment benefits before you find a job, you can submit an appeal to the UC Appeals Referee. The maximum length of time that unemployment benefits can be collected, including extensions, is 72 weeks in Pennsylvania.