Extended Pennsylvania Unemployment

Many residents of Pennsylvania were sitting at the edge of their seat waiting in anticipation to learn if their unemployment benefits would be extended an additional 11 weeks. Those receiving unemployment benefits were happy to learn that their extended unemployment benefits were extended until December 31, 2011.

In a recent announcement made by Governor Corbett, residents of Pennsylvania learned that their benefits will extend and they can continue filing claims as they have in the past for at least another 11 weeks. Now, most people who were collecting are eligible for unemployment benefits once again. Whether benefits will be extended beyond December 31, 2011 remains to be seen. Continued eligibility for unemployment benefits beyond December 31, 2011 will remain a mystery until further notice. For now, those that are collecting are glad to know that their unemployment eligibility has been extended until December 31, 2011 for now.

The new legislation does not apply to High Unemployment period or HUP. Federal law does not call for the extension of HUP extended benefits, so anyone who was eligible under HUP will not be entitled to an unemployment extension. For further answers to questions, individuals should contact the Unemployment Compensation Service Center directly.

People collecting unemployment benefits with a balance remaining after week ending June 11, 2011 were encouraged to resume filing for benefits with the week ending June 18, 2011. The extended benefits will remain in effective until December 31, 2011.

Individuals who have any questions about the extension should contact the Unemployment Compensation Service Center at 1-888-313-7284 from Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Whether you filed on time or not, you should never assume that you are not eligible for extended benefits before verifying the same with the Unemployment Compensation Service Center.

Clearly, people who were concerned about losing their unemployment benefits were happy to learn about the extension. Anyone with any questions should feel free to contact the Unemployment Compensation Center directly.

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