File and Collect Pennsylvania Unemployment

The latest labor reports indicate that, due to economic factors beyond their control, thousands in Pennsylvania are jobless. As part of their mission is to improve the quality of life and economic security for Pennsylvania workers and businesses, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, enables those who are out of work due to no fault of their own, to collect unemployment.

Filing for unemployment is a process that can be handled from a computer with internet access and does not have to be done in person. Anyone who is unemployed, may file unemployment benefits. You can file a new claim for UC benefits online, anytime of day or night, seven days a week. Videophone service for individuals who use American Sign Language (ASL) is available every Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m. at (717) 704-8474.

Forms can be filed by mail as well. The forms are provided at the website. Your eligibility is based on the information provided by you and your employer(s) after you open an unemployment file. If you earned wages that fall into the parameters of filing for unemployment, you may be eligible. There are, however, other deciding factors. While filing unemployment, the circumstances under which you became unemployed will also be considered. Information you and your former employers provide, are another part of determining if you will be qualified for unemployment filing.

When filing unemployment, maintaining eligibility so that you can keep receiving weekly benefits is important. By just going to it's possible to read frequently asked questions about how to collect and maintain weekly unemployment benefits are answered. Claims Information is also available by dialing, 717.783.3140.

Your weekly benefit pay will be equal to approximately one-half of your full-time weekly wage. If the weekly benefit rate shown on your Notice of Financial Determination isn't half of your gross full-time weekly salary, contact the service center at 888.313.7284.

Workers in Pennsylvania may be able to collect unemployment compensation for up to 26 weeks. After that point, if requested, extended assistance may be available.

Unemployment benefits are recorded as gross income on your federal income tax return. You can choose to have Federal Income Tax withheld from your UC benefit payments at the rate of 10 percent of your weekly benefit rate plus an allowance for your dependents. State income taxes are not withheld from unemployment benefits.

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