Accessing Unemployment Benefits

Income replacement for workers who lost their job through no fault of their own

Did you stop filing for benefits because you found work? Did you recently lose work again? You may be eligible for a new unemployment compensation claim.

Navigating the New UC System

Answers to your questions about the new online UC system

Federal Unemployment Benefits Expired on September 4th, 2021

PEUC, PUA, and the extra $300 a week (FPUC) ended on September 4th.

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Find your Local Legal Aid Provider in the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network

See if you qualify for free legal representation for your unemployment hearing

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most common questions about regular unemployment compensation and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

New UC System Claimant Experience Survey

Your feedback will help us advocate for fixes to the new system. 

Recent News

Don’t forget to join us at McPherson Library on Tuesday, May 24th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM! McPherson Library is located at 601 E Indiana Avenue. Come and meet advocates from PLA and learn about resources available! #Philadelphia #LegalAssistance #LegalAid #FreeLibraryOfPhiladelphia See MoreSee Less
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Can you believe our #plaj4j is only four weeks away? We can’t wait to celebrate with you at the Philadelphia Zoo on June 17th from 6PM-10PM. There’s still time to get your tickets! Join us for food, drinks, dancing, and fun! Kids under 12 can attend for free and enjoy face painting, the petting zoo, and the carousel! Learn more about the Jubilee and buy your tickets at philalegal.org/j4j #philadelphia #LegalAssistance #LegalAid See MoreSee Less
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Tired of waiting for a UC representative to answer the phone?You can now meet in-person with a UC representative at your local CareerLink office.You must schedule an appointment ahead of time by calling your local CareerLink office. No walk-ins are allowed.For more info visit UCHelp.org/news-and-alerts #philadelphia #LegalAssistance #LegalAid See MoreSee Less
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Tax Tip Tuesday! If you don’t normally file a tax return because you don’t work or don’t make enough to have a filing obligation, over the last couple of years, you might have used a website that the IRS put out to claim stimulus payments and child tax credits.There is a new website this year for those same folks: people who didn’t work in 2021 (or 2019) and who aren’t required to file a tax return, but who need to claim the other half of the child tax payments that the IRS was issuing last year, and any missing stimulus payments. Even if you didn’t work in 2021, if you got unemployment benefits and had taxes withheld, you should file a regular tax return to see if you can get any of those withheld taxes refunded back to you.The website is in English www.getctc.org/en and Spanish www.getctc.org/esThe IRS paid 6 monthly child tax credits last year, of $250 or $300 per month, for a total of $1,500 or $1,800 per child, depending upon the age of the child.If you didn’t get all 6 payments, you can claim the payments you missed last year, along with another $1,500 or $1,800 per child. And for children who were born in 2021, you could claim the full $3,600 (or $3,000 if they are older but only started living with you in 2021).You can also claim any $1,400 stimulus payments you didn’t receive last year, including for children who were born or began living with you in 2021.This website is for people who don’t work and have earned income. If you worked in 2021, or in 2019 (or if you got unemployment benefits with taxes taken out) you really should file a regular tax return so that, in addition to these child tax credit payments and stimulus payments, you can claim the Earned Income Tax Credit and potentially a refund of withheld taxes and other refund credits, too! The Campaign for Working Families is still helping people file 2021 tax returns for free and you can make an appointment on their website! www.cwfphilly.org/ #Philadelphia #LegalAssistance #LegalAid #TaxTipTuesday See MoreSee Less
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We had so much fun at our Emerging Leader’s ​Quizzo Night last week, thanks to you! Our incredible panelists shared how PLA and @mannanourishes are working to improve community health, and then we had a blast playing legal aid quizzo. Special thanks to MANNA for hosting us. Are you a passionate, young changemaker interested in creating a more just Philadelphia? Learn more about our #justphilly initiative and Emerging Leaders program here: philalegal.org/just-philly. #philadelphia #LegalAssistance #LegalAid See MoreSee Less
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