Guide on Applying for Unemployment Compensation

Applying for Regular Unemployment Compensation Benefits

Applying for Regular Unemployment Compensation Benefits helps you replace your income when you have lost work through no fault of your own.

Generally, you must be a W2 worker and have enough work history from the last 18 months to qualify for unemployment compensation benefits. However, after a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision, app based gig drivers are also now eligible for state unemployment compensation.

To learn more about applying for Unemployment Compensation, please visit the "How To Apply For Benefits" page on is a new online resource for Pennsylvania workers with current and accurate information about regular Unemployment Compensation and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, created by Philadelphia Legal Assistance.