Pennsylvania Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Out of work residents residing in the state of Pennsylvania may be eligible for compensation unemployment. Depending on your eligibility status, you may receive up to 53 weeks of Pennsylvania unemployment compensation (UC) as of the year 2011 from the PA Department of Labor and Industry.

Eligibility for UC benefits will depend on whether or not you lost or quit your job and the circumstances. The exact benefit amounts and the length of time to receive them will be based on your last salary and how long you were employed. In general, benefit amounts are equal to half of your gross salary.

To file an initial Pennsylvania unemployment claim, applications may be obtained at one of the eight UC Service Centers, via telephone, or at the website Full instructions with step by step information and reference charts will be provided to those applying.

You will need key pieces of information when filing a claim for unemployment in Pennsylvania including your Social Security number, driver's license number if applicable, your mailing address, name and address of your previous employer, the dates of your employment and reason for leaving, and alien registration number if you are not a U.S. citizen.

Your most recent pay stub, although not necessary, will also be helpful when filing for a Pennsylvania unemployment claim.

The Pennsylvania unemployment claim Service Center's hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The UC Service Center's toll-free phone number is (888) 313-7284.

Call volume for Pennsylvania unemployment claims tends to be at its highest early in the week. If you are having difficulty reaching the Pennsylvania unemployment compensation office due to busy signals, you may conveniently file a claim for unemployment on the website 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, contact unemployment at the TTY toll-free number (888) 334-4046 and for those who use American Sign Language, the claim unemployment office in Pennsylvania may be reached on Wednesdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. by calling (717) 704-8474.

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