How to Select Your "Reason for Separation" in Unemployment Compensation Applications During the Coronavirus Crisis

Applying for unemployment compensation can be complicated and it is important to fill out your application carefully to receive benefits quickly.

When you apply for Unemployment Compensation you have to state a "reason for separation." Here is a graph of common scenarios folks are experiencing during the coronavirus crisis that may help you figure out what to select under "reason for separation."

The fastest way to receive benefits is to apply online at

If you need additional help or are denied benefits for any reason, please contact Philadelphia Legal Assistance and we may be able to offer you free legal representation.

We offer 24/7 online intake at and telephone intake Monday-Thursday from 9:30am - noon at 215-981-3800.