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

Join Philadelphia Legal Assistance for a tax resource table at McPherson Library next Thursday, February 2nd, 3-5PM. At the resource table, you will get to talk to a tax law expert, learn how to access legal aid, and, if possible, learn the next steps to take with your or a loved one’s tax issue. The IRS and tax law can be difficult to navigate, and we are here to help.McPherson Library is located at 601 E Indiana Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19134 #tax #taxlaw #taxhelp #LegalAid #legaleducation #freelibrary #philadelphia #McPherson Library See MoreSee Less
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Join us on Wednesday, February 1st at 3PM at Parkway Central Library or via Zoom to learn how to get legal help with tax issues, enter a collection alternative for tax debts, protect your rights if you have been misclassified by your employer, and chat with a local attorney. In-person registration is not required. To attend via Zoom, register at: bit.ly/3WKq6aP#LegalAid #philadelphia #lawyersinlibraries #tax #taxlaw #parkwaycentral See MoreSee Less
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Thinking of applying for unemployment compensation?We’ve got some tips for when you apply using the online portal.– Once you make a username and password, keep them in a secure place. Do not send them to anyone.– You’ll need your ID and a device with a camera to complete the identity verification part of the application.– If you have an email you will always have access to, set your communication preference to "Internal notification with an email notification."– If you do not have an email like this, you should choose postal mail as your communication preference.– Once you finish the application, check your portal often for important messages and documents.– Even after your benefits end, you should still check your portal regularly. Unemployment may still send you important messages years later.Looking for more info on unemployment compensation in Pennsylvania? Visit UCHelp.org #PAUnemployment #LegalAid See MoreSee Less
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¿Está pensando aplicar para compensación por desempleo?Tenemos algunos consejos para cuando presente su solicitud a través de la portal en línea.– Una vez que cree un nombre de usuario y una contraseña, guárdelos en un lugar seguro. No los envíe a nadie.– Necesitará su identificación y un dispositivo con cámara para completar la parte de verificación de identidad de la aplicación.– Si tiene un correo electrónico al que siempre tendrá acceso, establezca su preferencia de comunicación a "Notificación interna con notificación por correo electrónico".– Si no tiene un correo electrónico como este, debe elegir el correo postal como su preferencia de comunicación.– Una vez que termine la solicitud, revise su portal frecuentemente para ver si hay mensajes o documentos importantes.– Después de que se finalicen sus beneficios, debe revisar su portal regularmente. Desempleo puede enviarle mensajes importantes años después.¿Esta buscando por más información sobre compensación por desempleo en Pensilvania? Visite UCHelp.org#PAUnemployment #LegalAid See MoreSee Less
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January is Stalking Awareness Month. Read our blog post about the serious crime of stalking and how to get help if you are a victim of stalking. Read it at bit.ly/FLUSAM See MoreSee Less
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