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Unemployment Compensation

Unemployment compensation can put cash in your pocket when you have lost your job through no fault of your own.

If you are out of work or are losing hours because of COVID-19, you may qualify for Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation.

Do I qualify for unemployment compensation?

Apply for unemployment compensation if any of the following have happened to you at work because of the coronavirus pandemic or its impact:

  • Your hours have been reduced because of the public health crisis
  • You have been temporarily laid off or your workplace closed
  • You were sent home from work due to minor symptoms related to coronavirus
  • Your work was interrupted because you need to care for a family member
  • You were fired when you refused to work in unsafe conditions
  • You quit to avoid unsafe conditions


Which Unemployment Compensation Program Do I Apply For?

I have W2 work history from the last 18 months or am an app-based driver

You should apply for regular Unemployment Compensation benefits

I lost work because of COVID-19, but I don't qualify for UC

Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
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Check out - a new online resource, created by Philadelphia Legal Assistance, for workers in Pennsylvania. It has the most current and accurate information about Unemployment Compensation and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

I think I May Lose My Job

Are you scared that you might lose your job or need to take a leave of absence? Learn what you need to do to protect your eligibility for unemployment compensation.

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PLA is here to help you

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

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COVID Relief Bill Passed on March 11, 2021

Congress extended PUA, PEUC, and FPUC until September 4, 2021. All claimants receiving benefits will also automatically receive an extra $300 per week until September 4, 2021.

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Think You Are Not Eligible for UC Benefits? Think Again!

In response to COVID-19, a new unemployment benefit program, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is available to workers who are not eligible for regular Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation (UC).

Do you have a non-fraud overpayment for PUA, PEUC, or FPUC?

You can request that your overpayment be forgiven if you are facing financial difficulty. We've made an online form that submits your request directly to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

Want to receive updates about UC?

Follow PLA on Facebook

We post important announcements about UC and other public benefits on our Facebook page.

Sign Up for Text Updates about PUA

Fill out our form with your contact information and we will text you important news and announcements about PUA.

Sign Up for Text Updates about Regular UC

Fill out our form with your contact information and we will text you important news and announcements about regular UC.

Follow the Department of Labor and Industry's Facebook Page

The Department posts important news and updates about unemployment benefits on their Facebook page.