Unemployment Compensation (UC) provides income support if you lose your job through no fault of your own. If you qualify, you will receive money from the UC fund for a limited time to help you while you look for another job. To be covered by the UC program, you must have worked for an employer who is required by law or elects to pay into the UC fund. All applications are checked thoroughly. Fraud is prosecuted and may result in fines and/or imprisonment or other penalties. To protect yourself, only give complete, accurate and factual information when filing your claim.

You should file a new claim or reopen an existing claim as soon as you become unemployed or your hours are reduced.   For further informaion or to file a claim in English or Spanish click here

To find out more information, download the the following publication from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor site: A Guide for Setting up a Claim by Internet or Telephone. (Acrobat Reader is required).

UC’s first goal is to help you find a job. To do this, UC works with Pennsylvania CareerLink to match claimants with available jobs. During the initial claims process, the UC service representative gathers information such as what type of work you are seeking to assist PA CareerLink in matching your employment needs with available jobs. When one or more job matches are found, you will receive a letter from PA CareerLink telling you about these and other career opportunities. PA CareerLink may also send a letter to you offering reemployment services such as workshops or information about special programs.

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