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Filing for PA Unemployment

Filing for PA Unemployment


If you are employed in Pennsylvania and are unable to work because of the Coronavirus, you may be eligible for Unemployment or Workers' Compensation benefits. The Department of Labor & Industry will continue to provide important employment benefit updates as the situation evolves.


You may be eligible if:

  • Your employer temporarily closes or goes out of business because of COVID-19

  • Your employer reduces your hours because of COVID-19

  • You have been told not to work because your employer feels you might get or spread COVID-19

  • You have been told to quarantine or self-isolate, or live/work in a county under government-recommended mitigation efforts

 Important information:

  • If you are eligible for UC, you will receive two letters and a four-digit PIN

  • Your PIN will arrive in the U.S. mail – keep it in a safe, easy to remember place

  • If approved, your first benefit payment should arrive within four weeks of filing for UC

  • Continue filing your bi-weekly claim (every two weeks) – even while waiting for approval

  • The Waiting Week is suspended. Previously, claimants were not eligible for benefits during their first week of unemployment (the "waiting week.") This has been suspended; eligible claimants may receive benefits for the first week that they are unemployed

  • Work Search and Work Registration requirements are temporarily waived for all UC claimants. Claimants are not required to prove they have applied or searched for a new job to maintain their UC benefits. Claimants are also not required to register with

  • At this time, benefits are not being extended beyond 26 weeks.

Information needed to file:

  • SSN
  • Home address and mailing address (if different)

  • Telephone number

  • Valid email

  • PIN - Personal Identification Number (optional)- If you have previously filed a UC claim using your previous PIN can prevent you from having to re-enter information

  • Direct deposit bank information (optional) - bank name, address, account and routing number.

In some cases additional information is needed. 


Within several business days you can expect to receive:

  • Claim Confirmation Letter – This letter is a confirmation that your claim was received. It will contain your PIN which is required for your bi-weekly filings. The letter will also include other important information such as, the date you will need to file your first bi-weekly claim and any other actions you must take in order to remain eligible for benefits.

    • NOTE: You are required to use your SSN and PIN to access the following UC services:

      • Changing your address, telephone/fax numbers, email address

      • Changing your federal withholding

      • Change your PIN

      • Check payment information

      • Direct Deposit of UC benefits

      • Filing a biweekly claim for benefits

      • Reopening a claim

      • Requesting a UC-1099G

    • Please keep your Claim Confirmation Letter and your PIN for future reference as you will need it. 

  • Notice of Financial Determination– This letter will advise you if you are financially eligible for benefits and what your anticipated weekly benefit amount would be. This document does not indicate approval or denial of benefits. Your benefit eligibility will be determined after a review of your employment history is completed.


File an Initial Claim Online:


File a Biweekly Claim

After filing your initial application for UC benefits, you will receive a Claims Confirmation letter in the mail. This letter will provide you with your 4 digit PIN# necessary to file your biweekly claim. This letter will also provide the date you will file your first biweekly claim, which is generally the second Sunday after completing your initial application for benefits. When you file a biweekly claim, you will be filing for two weeks at a time. For UC purposes, a week is a calendar week that begins Sunday and ends Saturday. Although you will file for two weeks at one time, you will certify your eligibility for each week separately.


File a Biweekly Claim Online: