PA Unemployment Compensation Eligibility

If you became jobless in Pennsylvania, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. There are certain guidelines to qualify for the unemployment benefits as per the federate and state rules. You can avail these benefits by approaching the Unemployment office in your area.

If you need assistance regarding your job search or you want to look for jobless PA state unemployment eligibilitybenefits, you have landed in the right place. This article is devoted to offering important links to some of the main offices and department to aid you with important information. This is the ideal place to ensure your eligibility for PA unemployment compensation. You can also find the answers to some of the most complex questions related to unemployment compensation.

Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Eligibility Requirements

To get PA unemployment benefits, it is essential to file a claim with the PA Unemployment Office.

There are some fundamental rules for eligibility. Even if you fulfill some of these rules to some extent, you should still file for unemployment as state offices make a sensible effort to process your claim, as long as you provide justification.

In order to establish unemployment eligibility in Pennsylvania you have to:

  1. Have worked and earned income in Pennsylvania.
  2. You must not be disabled.
  3. You must be able to work.
  4. You must be actively seeking a new job.
  5. You must have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you quit your job or were fired for ‘just cause’ you may not be entitled to collect unemployment in Pennsylvania. Every case is different, so if you have lost your job — you should consider applying for benefits without hesitation.

Filing for PA Unemployment Benefits

Jobless Pennsylvania workers can file an initial claim for unemployment benefits either offline, post, or online by visiting The latter is the fastest and simplest way to apply. It’s good to apply for PA unemployment benefits as soon as you lose your job as it normally takes one to three weeks to process an application. Pennsylvania unemployment compensation will be paid from the week you applied; you are not allowed to back date a claim.

File unemployment PA

Telephone – File your unemployment claim through Pennsylvania Teleclaims (PAT) local number (Sunday, 6:00 A.M to 11:00 A.M, and M – F, 8:00 A.M to 9:00 P.M)

Unemployment benefits are not retroactive, so if you wait you may lose benefits.

Before you visit your PA unemployment office, make sure you have all the below paperwork in place.

  You need proof of:

  • Your personal details which includes your name, address, telephone number, and social security number.
  • Your dependent’s name, date of birth, and social security number.
  • Your previous employer, including their name, address, and telephone number.
  • The start and end date of your employment.
  • Reason for losing the job.
  • Your job skills summary and
  • Your  alien registration number and work authorization if you’re not a US citizen.

After lodging your initial claim, you will obtain a Notice of Financial Determination explaining benefits, eligibility and providing additional information.

The PA Unemployment Extension

*** Emergency unemployment compensation(E.U.C), a federally sponsored scheme for additional weekly benefits(after regular UI is exhausted) remains expired as on 28th Dec 2013.  EUC is currently not available in any state***

Extended Unemployment Benefits are obtainable to workers who have worn out regular unemployment insurance benefits all through periods of high unemployment. 

Online filing for Unemployment Extension Benefits can now be lengthened throughout 2012 via web at Unemployment-Extension.Org, with Pennsylvania as the state to receive benefits for a full 99 weeks.

While unemployment extension benefits differ from state to state, the average amount received by a laid off is $298 per week. The current maximum time a person can obtain unemployment checks in Pennsylvania is 99 weeks. That’s just less than 2 years.

Congress has approved legislation continuing federal extended unemployment benefits through the end of the year. On the other hand, there will be a gradual decrease in the maximum weeks of benefits from 99 weeks to 73 weeks in high unemployment states and 63 weeks in the states with a lesser unemployment rate.

There are no modifications to state unemployment benefits. Unemployed workers will still be entitled for up to 26 weeks of state unemployment compensation.

Becoming unemployed can be physically as well as monetarily stressful. This is where PA Unemployment dept. can help. Not only does it offer unemployment benefits to you, but you are qualified to apply for but also the assistance and guidance you need to get back into work.

Before you move on to the FAQs, watch this video to know if you qualify –

Below are some of the FAQ’s as well as the solutions put forward by members of the public:

When can I file an unemployment claim?

You should file your unemployment claim, either an initial or reopened claim, straight away upon being jobless. However, if you worked a whole calendar week, such as getting unemployed on Friday, you will be asked to wait until the subsequent week to apply.

How long do you have to file for unemployment?

Though you must file your unemployment claim straight away, it’s up to you when you wish to start the claim. You may feel like waiting the next quarter to get an elevated rate. You know you will be out of work all winter and want to wait until then to file your claim. Or you may have some other reasons. But you should recognize that you may not be able to go back and claim the weeks you were away from work and did not claim. You must also be aware that you don’t pass your benefit year end. If there is an addition, you may be hurting yourself.

How long does someone have to work to collect unemployment?

In Pennsylvania you must have been employed for at least 16 weeks in the base year in order to get 16 weeks of joblessness. If you worked 18 weeks you can get 26 weeks of UC benefits. Other states may have slightly different necessities. If you are laid off, file the claim and let the unemployment agency decide.

When can I receive unemployment compensation? Under what reasons can I collect unemployment benefits? How do you qualify for unemployment?

The only valid reason to obtain UC benefits is when you are laid off because of lack of work. Lack of work may be due to loss or orders, plant closing etc. In case you are fired or quit, a determination will have to be made to decide your eligibility to collect unemployment benefits. You must also be monetarily eligible, meaning that you must have a valid work history throughout your base year.

What happens when my unemployment runs out?

When your primary unemployment runs out, and you still have time left in your base year, you must be able to receive extended benefits, if they are available, until your base year ends. Since 2007, there have been many extensions, by both the Federal government and the states that you can carry on to collect UI benefits for up to 99 weeks. However, when your base year ends, you should check to see if you meet the criteria for a new usual UC claim. If you are entitled for a new, regular UC claim, you will acquire UC benefits for that claim, even if it is lower than the UC benefits you have been obtaining, unless your state makes other planning.

When will I receive my unemployment check?

You must obtain your first benefits (check, debit card, direct deposit) just after 2 to 3 weeks you primarily file your unemployment claim. This is for the reason that the first week on your unemployment claim is a waiting week. Thus, you would obtain your first UC benefits during the third week. However, if you renew an existing unemployment claim and file weekly, as some states do, you could acquire your check in two weeks.

Can you collect unemployment if not in the US?

If you meet the criteria for unemployment benefits and stay outside of the United States, you must be entitled to receive those UC benefits as long as you can show that you are able and available for work in the local job market. This does not mean that you can file a claim and then go on a vacation.

Can you file for unemployment after two years?

Your ability to collect unemployment compensation benefits depends on your separation from your most recent employer and the present base year which, must be within the last year and a half. However, if you were receiving workmen’s compensation in Pennsylvania, you can apply for an alternate base year. Some states have other alternate base years.

How much can I earn and still collect unemployment?

The amount is based on your weekly benefit rate from your UC benefits and the amount of money you bring in for a particular week. Every week is figured on an individual basis. This information must be on the letter you obtained, making you monetarily eligible. Be sure to read it cautiously.

What happens when you get a part time job?

You must inform any and all income made during a week you claim unemployment benefits. Usually, you are permitted to make a definite sum that does not prevent you from receiving full benefits for that week. Also, you may have to earn a certain amount of money between filing one claim and filing the next claim. In case your work is questionable or irregular, working part time is a good thing. Also, it’s mainly free money and in that you may still collect a full week of UC benefits, depending on how much you get. Working part time when collecting UI benefits could also fulfill the requirement for claims.

How much will I receive in benefits?

As with qualifying wages, states make use of a variety of methods to determine a worker’s weekly benefit amount. Pennsylvania utilizes High Quarter Method for computing weekly benefits. More than half of the states decide the weekly benefit amount by using the base period quarter in which wages were maximum. This quarter is viewed as the phase most nearly reflecting fulltime work for the worker. By dividing this amount by 13 – the number of weeks in a calendar quarter – the – the average weekly wage is computed. Depending on the percentage of the weekly wage the state intends to substitute, the weekly wage is divided and weekly benefit is calculated.

For instance, a worker who earns $2600 in the high quarter has average weekly earnings of $200 a week ($2,600 divided by 13). If the state substitutes ½ of the average weekly earnings, the weekly benefit amount is $100. To make the calculations simpler, states determine the “overall” multiple of the high quarter wages to decide the weekly benefit amount.

The minimum weekly benefit amount for Pennsylvania is $78 and the range of maximum is $573 $581.

The minimum wages required for maximum WBA for highest quarter is $14,898 and for base period is $22,840.

107 thoughts on “PA Unemployment Compensation Eligibility”

  1. If I am offered and early Retirement package because HP is downsizing – am I eligible to collect unemployment compensation?

    1. I disagree with the samnetetts below but I would say that I have been in a similar position. Getting work anywhere that is going to pay the bills is hard. I would suggest that your husband makes an effort and find something crap to make ends meet until something better comes along or start his own business. its what I did in the end its hardwork but it got me out of a lot of problems. I was going through a bad time and could not handle the stress anymore. I think the court have been unfair if he is not earning anything how do you pay a thousand pounds a year when you are not getting anything. But saying that its his kid why should everybody else pay. I got to the point where I could not face work every morning.Get him to seek. Get him out of the bad habit that infects us all of not looking for work.

  2. I worked for a company for 20yrs ‘ i got hurt out not at work and my doctor pulled me out 2yrs ago and told me to apply for ssd so i did ‘ now i received long term disabilty but ssd denided my claim and the long term disabilty checks stop come in . could i apply for unemployment for my previous job that i had before being pulled out. thank you

    1. Basic criteria to get the unemployment benefit is that requirements of unemployment benefits is to activity be looking for a job. You would have to satisfy the unemployment office that you are able to satisfy their requirements.
      Because of your disability if you are not able to actively search for the job then you might not be able to get the benefit.

  3. I would like to know if i am entititled to any benefits. My hours were cut. I was full time, but in January 2011 my job was cut to part-time. I was put from 8 hours a day to 6 hours a day, loosing about $200 per week. Is there a phone # i could call to find out if i am entitled to any benefits or have I waited to long to receive benefits. I am still working part time at this job.
    Thank you,
    Bill Mulhern

  4. After working at my company for a year, they have decided to change my working hours from all days to days with some evenings… I am unable to make this change in work hours due to family issues and need a first shift job, if i lose my job over my inability to make drastic changes in my work hours after a year of employment am I eligle for unemployment compensations?

    1. Generally, If you are fired for refusing to work the hours your employer schedules, you are not eligible for unemployment.

      1. What if they are trying to add an unreasonable amount on top of your normal shifts? I work full time and I’m on call every third week for the entire week. A coworker recently quit and I was told to pick up his call time. I’m unable to do this because I have another job and help watch children. Call pay is only 2.25/hr so I don’t want to take the call over the work hours at my second job and it’s too much on my plate.

        1. If the work conditions are hostile and against the ethos or laws, you can be eligible.

          Please check further with the labor authorities in your state.

  5. I was collecting unemployment in PR and I deciced to move to Philadelphia looking for jobs and better oportunities. I forgot to close my case there, I have been trying to contact them for many weeks to close my case with no luck. Can I apply here for unemployment even thou I have an open case in PR? I have’nt been able to claim my weeks for the past four weeks.
    Thank you for your help.

    1. you must file your claim with one of the states where you worked, no matter where you live. You may be able to get your benefit wages from the state where you worked in the past 18 months. OR, you may use only the wages earned in the filing state. File your claim in a state where you worked, then that state will tell you all your filing options to receive the benefit amount.

  6. you must file your claim with one of the states where you worked, no matter where you live. You may be able to get your benefit wages from the state where you worked in the past 18 months. OR, you may use only the wages earned in the filing state. File your claim in a state where you worked, then that state will tell you all your filing options to receive the benefit amount.

  7. I collect unemployment,and decided to take a week off of work to look for an affordable and reliable car,because my car has lot’s of issues.Can i get into trouble with unemployment,even if it is an un paid vacation?

    1. I worked pt from July 5, 2011 – March30, 2012 for a temp agency. (20 hrs. a week) The assignment ended on March 30. Do I qualify for unemployment?
      None of the selections on the “Reason for leaving screen” have this option.

  8. I was working for 18 years in PA. as an ROTC instructor. The school district paid me and was reimbursed by the miltary for half my salary. The military changed the qualifications and I was no longer qualified for the job. I took a 18 year retirement (18 VS 35 years) at a greatly reduced rate after the penalty for early retirement. Am I qualified for unemployment compensation.

  9. I am a teacher’s aide and work for a school district. I am paid hourly, not salary and work 6.5 hrs a day, which is considered full-time. There is no work available during the summer, Christmas & Easter holidays. Am I eligible to claim those time periods for unemployment?

  10. Can I collect unemployment if I only worked part time and the business closes? Can you also collect benefits if y0u are on social security?

  11. I am an elementary school teacher who lost the position due to consolidation of three schools. I am 63 yrs old and am collecting unemployment benefits in PA. If I apply for my Social Security at an early age due to monetary reasons and paying cobra medical benefits can I still collect my unemployment benefits.

  12. I am currently working in a job that I have had for 5 years. I work in PA and I live in NJ. My husband recently got a job offer in Cailfornia and this will pull me from my job. It looks like I would be eligible for unemployement however I have one glitch in the scenario. Before I got this job I was on unemployment. I was overpaid by unemployment and unable to return the funds, because I was out of work and behind on bills. Will I need to pay back those funds before being eligible? Has enough time past? Thanks for your time.
    NOTE: I really wish that I could speak to somebody rather than writing a post.

  13. I was self-employed for a few years but have been working for a company since early April this year. Monday they told me I would be laid off for the time being. I understand I am not eligible now becauseUC is looking at the base year as being April 2011-March 2012 (just before I started working for this company). Will I have worked enough for this company if I apply in October? They will then be counting from July 2011 to June 2012.

  14. I worked in nj and live in pa. i sogned up for unenployment which will be able to recieve. my guestion is i need training in a new program from what i am using. will pa office be where i came get the training? NJ office tells me i need to go to Pa for training because Nj wont train a Pa resident.

  15. I’m having difficulty finding where I apply for extended benefits since my unemployment ran out. The website says since unemployment is down, the criteria isn’t met for extension. Does this mean I am screwed?

  16. I lost my job today. I worked in the state of New Jersey and paid both New Jersey tax and Pa tax. When I go in to the system it said I had no record, I have a W 2 for 2012 and one for 2011 from my employer. What is my next step?

  17. I have been waiting 2 months now to hear from PA. UC about my claim. They are wainting to hear from CO. about my weeks work there. I have sent them proof of my weeks (check stubs) but still have heard nothing. How much longer do I have to wait. PS Close to bankrupt!

  18. The Department is supposed to get benefits out in a timely and speedy manner. They do try and get information from the employer but shouldn’t wait to long. You should try calling Legal Services, if their is not one in your area try Philadelphia Legal Services, they have been very good at getting the Department to respond.

  19. I just lost my job to a shut down. The company will be paying me a weekly severance payment for the next four months. If my total payout is less than the 40% figure, can I collect right away, or must I wait for payments to end?

  20. My current job requires extensive in and out if state travel. I work in pa but the company is based in Florida. My father was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness a d becoming increasingly confused. I do not feel comfortable being away from home for days at a time. If I quit with the intention if finding something closer to home would I be able to collect?

  21. I lost my job after 37 yrs. I am collecting UC benifits. Jobs are hard to find especially since I am now 57 yrs old……to young to retire,but getting hired at my age is proving to be difficult. Are there any extensions I may qualify for?

    1. There are no extensions available now.

      Please inquire about availability of any other forms of benefits with the labor dept in your state.

  22. I work for a company that is changing hands. If I choose not to sign on with the new company can I collect unemployment?

    1. The company I worked for was sold. The new company has took over and paid the exact same salary for 2 months. They now owe me commission from those 2 months totaling $2600. They now are saying they made no agreement to pay these commissions and are writing a new contract in which I will make 10 percent less then last year, all while working harder. I do not want to work for these people under these circumstances. If I do not agree to the new contract and become unemployed will I be able to collect unemployment while searching for a job??

      1. Unemployment insurance is only provided to those who lose job due to involuntary reasons such as lay offs.

        If you decide to quit, you may not be eligible.

        Please tread carefully.

  23. I have income for two of the last 4 quarters before I filed for UC. The amount meets the monetary guidelines. I cannot, however, determine if I will qualify for benefits or not. Based on what I’ve seen it appears that you must have income for 4 quarters before becoming eligible for benefits. Please answer this question. Also, Can I receive benefits based on income received as an independent contractor? Thanks for your help.

    1. You’ve almost understood it right.

      They consider 4 of the last 5 calender quarters to determine eligibility which means you must have earned during this period. Generally, independent contractors are not eligible. Please check with the labor dept in your state.

  24. I have been on medical leave since may of 2014 I have some medical issues that need taken care of and I am working on them, my employer just informed me that I no longer have a job to come back to am I eligible for unemployment

    1. If you’re able to work and actively looking for jobs, please consider applying for UI benefits.

      If you were laid off due to voluntary reasons, eligibility may be a question.

  25. Being laid off after the company was acquired. Worked for the original company for 15 months, than the new company technically one month for when they switched over payroll for the new month. Do I file under the current business with my original hired date?

    1. Yes, that is right. As long as its technically the same employer, file for the same records.

      You may want to check with your employer once before filing to ensure no hassles in paperwork.

  26. I work for a company that has quotas. They just increased the quota by nearly 40%. I am getting written up already for not making quota. If I get terminated for this reason, does that nullify any claim for unemployment compensation?

  27. I have a question I need help with. If I am on unemployment and accepted a job that is part time for a lower wage I was making after working for three days to find that the job is not what I was told it would be can I quit and still be eligible to collect my full benefits??

  28. I have worked for the same company for 35 years. They are closing the local facility and moving to an area in another state which is approx. 70-75 miles from my house. I do not want to make that drive. Would I be eligible for any benefits if I decide to quit?

    1. Generally, quitting voluntarily does not qualify.

      Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state and apply accordingly.

  29. if you are terminated and are receiving semi-retirement benefits, are you still eligible to receive unemployment compensation?

    1. Some states allow provision of both while some don’t.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for detailed information.

    1. I am afraid, you will not be eligible since you need to have employment and wages in the preceding 5 calendar quarters.

  30. I just got laid off again and I had collected unployment last year in 2015 and that stoped in aguest it now 2016 start this job in october and just got laid off and it feb now am I able to collect unployment again

    1. You can only apply and receive for one full cycle.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state to ascertain the balance (If any) in the account.

  31. My commitment with the US Navy was complete and I did not sign for another for years, would I be eligible while I look for a new job?

    1. Please check with the Unemployment Office in your state. Voluntary reasons are generally not accepted.

  32. I work full time and take call for a hospital. A coworker quit and I was told to pick up the additional call. I’m unable to work those hours though because I have a prn position with another facility and have the responsibility of watching nieces and nephews during the requested hours. I was told if I could not take the additional call I will be terminated. Do I qualify for UC?

    1. Voluntary reasons are not accepted. If it was threatening, please call the Unemployment Office in your state to ascertain your eligibility.

  33. I have rewceived my confirmation letter and my financial eligibility letter. I attempted to fill out the bi-weekly claim but it is too early. What do I need to do next? and where does my first check come to? Is it mailed or do I need to pick it up? I have not filled out the diorect deposit form yet but will do that next,

    1. The weekly payment checks will be mailed to you. Direct Deposit would be a better option.

      Pleas file on a weekly basis as per the timelines.

  34. I am still working full time and collecting Social Security my health is failing i take insulin 4 times a day the pain in my legs is getting worse some times it’s hard to get to work.

    i want to retire can i still collect unemployment and my Social Security

    1. Well, Unemployment Insurance is only extended to those who’re able and available to work.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

  35. If I was on disability from November 2014 until April 2015 and could return for 2 hrs a day but could increase my hours any time if I felt like I could handle it until I could do the 10 shift according to the doctor. Then the employer called the doctors to find out how long I would be doing 2 hrs a day and the dr used the word indefinitely so I got terminated for that word and they could no longer hold my position but I was told to take all the time I needed to get better and don’t worry you wil have you job when you do get better. I was not aware that is was only for 12 wks when I was clearly told take your time and get better and do not worry your job will be here. Found this out when I tried to go back slowly and no longer had a job. I was told by HR that I could not get unemployment. Any truth to this and is it too late to open a claim???

    1. To qualify, you need to have at least an year worth employment in continuity. Plus, you should also be able and available for work.

      If you think these conditions are satisfied, please call the Unemployment Office.

  36. If I quit a job due to stress and depression caused by the job and I have a doctor’s letter explaining that this is in fact the case, can I receive unemployment while looking for another job?

    1. Yes, you can be eligible under such circumstances.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state to confirm and obtain details.

  37. I have a question? I worked for a large company and in 2014 I was laid off. I applied for many jobs and after 6 months of collecting I was offered a different job in a different department of my former company. Today I was laid off again… do I qualify?

    1. Please call the Unemployment Office in your state to check if there is benefits left in your account.

      Unemployment Insurance is not revolving in nature. It is only provided for one full cycle.

      1. I have a question. I was deemed ineligible by a referee. I appealed it, I called unemployment, and they stated that if I was deemed ineligible, then I shouldn’t continue claiming. I just received a letter stating that the referees decision was overturned. How would I get those weeks back.

        1. You will receive a confirmation letter along with detailed instructions. Ideally, you should have continued making weekly claims during the appeals process.

          Please call the Claims Center for further details.

  38. I was told today I would be losing my job at the end of the year and our plant would be shutting down and moving the work to another facility in another state. How many weeks am I eligible to receive unemployment due to the entire plant shutting down?

    1. The eligibility depends on multiple factors including the income earned by you which will only be known after the initial claim has been processed.

      Please speak to the Labor authorities for further details.

  39. I have been working as a temporary contractor through an agency for the past 2 years, in the same exact assignment. The agency has informed me that my assignment will be ending effective end of September. I am, and have been, looking for a more permanent job. Would I be eligible for unemployment after my assignment ends? I am paid by the agency directly.

    1. Well, contract employment does not generally qualify.

      Please call the Unemployment Office or check with your employer if they pay Unemployment Taxes and apply accordingly.

  40. It appears that i may have won my appeal. When i checked the site it showed processed and payment history showed 1 week as of today 11/09 for claim week 11/05. I applied 09/11/2016. When will I receive the compensation from the claims for the previous weeks? Is there a set time limit? I am so backed up in bills with shut off notices.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    1. I suggest that you get in touch with the Claims Center for specific information pertaining to when you will be receiving the compensation for the previous weeks since they have access to the systems.

  41. I wish you could explain to me how it is right to exclude wages earned during eligible quarters based on the fact that they were used on a previous application. I will now have to be homeless because PA thinks it’s OK to screw over people. You would think they would warn you not to file a claim unless you know for a fact that you are eligible, if they want to enforce these loopholes and technicalities. I filed for unemployment in June of 2016 and was determined not financially eligible by less than 100 dollars. I made enough money but was not eligible because of one of their many technicalities. Too much money earned during a quarter and not enough earned during another quarter. Suffice to say, if I would have made 100 dollars more during the last qualifying quarter or 100 dollars less during my highest earning quarter I would have received 220 a week in unemployment. But alas, nothing at all. I knew Pennsylvania were crooks, but this takes the cake. Pennsylvania are crooks of the highest degree. They stole over 4,000 dollars from me in state tax money that I paid in during the years 1983-2003. When I started to do my taxes online and then got all of my money returned to me. Before that they kept all of the money I had paid in every year.

    1. Steven,

      I can understand your frustration. Unfortunately, there is little we can do since this is a private forum. If there is a discrepancy, please ask for an adjudicator to file an appeal against the decision made.

  42. I have been with my company for 15 years and I handle all A/R, A/P, Bookkeeping and taxes. My Boss is in a financial bind and has allowed for my health benefits to be cancelled and has not paid me in two weeks. Would I have a problem if I had to leave because of non-payment of hours worked? I can no longer work at a job where I have no benefits or pay, but if I quit will I get nonemployment benefits?


    1. Yes, you can be eligible to quit and draw UI benefits under such circumstances. Please make sure to check with the Unemployment Office before making a decision on your employment. For your information, there is a breakdown in the Contact Center mechanism in the state due to shutting off major call centers last month.

      Your calls may go unanswered for weeks together. Please be patient.

  43. About 2 1/2 years ago I worked for a company for 18 years. They told me that my job was being located to another country. I did get unemployment until I got another job. I only collected unemployment for about 2 months. I excepted another job and it was part time. 32 hours a week. I left that job 2 1/2 years later to work full time. I just started the job a week ago. Due to weather conditions I couldn’t make it into work that day. They told me that there are no exceptions. Even if it’s a state of an emergency I still have to be there. I’m really concerned that I may get fired. If they fire me can I collect unemployment? If I can collect would they collect off of my job that I was working for part time or full time?

    1. You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons. If you think you’re working under hostile conditions, you should be able to claim.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

  44. Sam – I made around $70,000/year while employed, let go a couple of weeks ago. I am receiving severance for 6 months at full pay, along with receiving health insurance benefits. I don’t want the severance to decrease my unemployment pay. Can I delay the unemployment until after the 6 months are up? Does the end of the year have any affect on benefits?

  45. I am in a situation where if I continue in my current role I would either get fired or they have asked me politely to make a choice and they are giving some time to think about it. If I resign, would I be able to claim unemployment till I find that next position or what is the best way to resign and still receive unemployment ? Please help.

    1. You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

      Please call the Claims Center to find out more.

  46. I’m currently expecting, I went out of medical leave two weeks early. When have notice To my employer they advised me that they were going to let me leave effective today but pay me my wages until my requested leave date. They also let me know that they wouldn’t be able to hold my position on maternity leave. I know I will be able to file but feel the severed my employment prior to my requested leave date due to pregnancy. Should I file early or wait u til I’m clear to return to work? I would like
    To bypass my waiting week. I’ve already contacted an attorney and have an Eeoc claim but I’m worried about them trying to fight my uc when I’m able to return even though I had them put in writing what they did

    1. Mel,

      Generally, pregnancy is not considered since UI benefits are extended to those who are able and available for work. Please call the Unemployment Office for further clarification.

  47. Some of your information is incorrect , and those on this site should be aware of that fact. This is not an official Commonwealth of Pennsylvania website. Although I am sure the spirit of the site is to help inform, the statement: “The only valid reason to obtain UC benefits is when you are laid off because of lack of work. ” is patently wrong. Those seeking information would do well to visit the official site, as well as seek legal counsel if necessary.

  48. If my full time job is cut and another part time job is offered to me with no benefits can I refuse it and collect unemployment until I find a full time job with benefits,

    1. Bonnie,

      Refusing to collect UI benefits is an option left to you. For a detailed discussion, please call the Unemployment Office.

  49. I worked for my employer for over 5 years, I was offered a new job with benefits, 401k, and more money so I gave my employer sic months notice and then started my new job which after three months I was laid off. I was financially eligible through unemployment and just received .my first check. My previous employer called me very angry that my unemployment is going through him instead of my employer who laid me off. He said I quit my job so he does not understand why he has to pay and not my current employer. Is there anyway he can fight my unemployment since I was not laid off by his company?

    1. Nicole,

      Yes, he has the rights to. Please call the Claims Center and explain the situation. They should be able to help.

  50. I worked for years for my handicapped daughter. I workers but few worked out. Couldn’t relay on them to show up when really needed. Couldn’t take her to appointments ect. Didn’t take care of her needs. Stooled from her property & money.
    Now when she passed away I am informed that I can’t collect UC because she is my daughter! They collected UC from me all these years?

  51. I was on continuous leave fmla helping take care of my father who was diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer .I guess the problem was that I was off work before my father’s dr.approved my fmla continuous leave .She approved me for intermittent leave this after I had already been on a continuous leave for few weeks .when I found out the dr.denied my continuous leave fmla I emailed HR at work n explained to them the Drs decision and I said this prolly means I’m fired n if so would like to thank you for the opportunity. Well they took that as my resignation although I didn’t want to resign .Does anyone think I would be eligible for UC benefits in this situation even though according to work I technically resigned ?

    1. Clint,

      Considering the circumstances, you might not be eligible. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  52. I filed for my unemployment in May 2020. and have been waiting for 4 months and i have called the office to find out what is going on. they told me they will figure out what the problem is. and since then i haven’t heard anything back from them. i was told that i have to get on PUA for my unemployment benefits.

    1. Quentin,

      I can understand your situation. There will be a delay considering the number of applications that are being processed. Please continue chasing the office/check your status online at regular intervals until payments normalize.

  53. I filed for UC the last week of December 2020 and they stated I didn’t make enough during the base period . Can I re file first week of April when i would meet the base period requirements?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.