Apply and Receive Pennsylvania Unemployment

File an Initial Claim

In order to receive Pennsylvania Unemployment benefits, you must first file an Initial Claim, which can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry website (, under the link “File an Initial Claim.” This form can be completed either in English or Spanish.

When you apply for unemployment online, there will be certain information that you will need, including:

  • Your Social Security number.
  • Your address.
  • The name, address, and phone number of your last employer.
  • The date you began and ended your last job.
  • Your alien registration number, if you are not a U.S. citizen.
  • Your DD214, Member Copy 4, if were on active duty in the military

Though filing online is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, there are several other ways that you can complete Pennsylvania’s initial application for unemployment, which include: (1) calling the toll-free number (1-888-313-7284), (2) applying through the videophone services available for those who use American Sign Language, and (3) filing by mail.

*After you have submitted your Initial unemployment application, you will receive further information about your case in the mail, within 10-12 days.

File a Biweekly Claim

After filing your initial claim or application for unemployment, you must file a Biweekly Claim for the weeks when you remain completely or partially unemployed. This form can be filled out online (on the PDLI website under the link “File a Biweekly Claim”).

In order to complete your biweekly claim, you will need the following information:

  • Your Social Security number.
  • Your personal identification number (PIN #)
  • Your gross amount of weekly earnings, for each week you will be claiming.

Check Your Claim Status

Any time after you have submitted your application for unemployment, you can login, with your Social Security number and PIN, and check the status of your Claim (on the PDLI website under the link “Check a Claim Status”). If you have already begun to receive unemployment benefits, you can view your benefit payment information under “View Payments.”

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