Unemployment Compensation and COVID-19

This page will be updated with information about how COVID-19 impacts unemployment benefits.

Last updated: March 18, 2020 at 4:45 p.m.

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 coronavirus, you may qualify for Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation.

If any of the following have happened to you at work because of the coronavirus pandemic or its impact:

  • Your hours been reduced because of the public health crisis
  • You have you been temporarily laid off or has your workplace closed
  • You were you 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

Apply for Unemployment Compensation!

Below is a video from the Department of Labor and Industry that walks you through the application:

We recommend applying at www.uc.pa.gov. You can also call the statewide number at 1-888-313-7284. Please note, it may be difficult to reach UC by telephone during high volume times.

For a step by step guide to the UC application created by the Department of Labor and Industry go here.

After you open an unemployment claim, every two weeks you must file a claim at www.uc.pa.gov or by calling 888-255-4728 and

  • Report any hours you worked
  • Report any PTO you received
  • Report any pay you earned

We recommend reaching UC with questions using their online chat system at www.uc.pa.gov

The PA Department of Labor and Industry is providing updates about the Covid-19 pandemic which can be found here.

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 philalegal.org/apply and telephone intake Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to noon at 215-981-3800.

Resources for Employees Applying for Unemployment Compensation Due to the Coronavirus Crisis

Check out Frequently Asked Questions about applying for unemployment compensation in PA. 

Click here for a guide on how to select your "reason for separation" in unemployment compensation applications.

Check out Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about immigration status and unemployment compensation in Pennsylvania. 

Tiene preguntas sobre su estado de inmigración y compensación por desempleo en Pensilvania? Lea este documento para mas información.