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Pennsylvania Unemployment Information

For unemployment benefits in Pennsylvania, you basically need to do the following:
  • File an initial claim online, by telephone, or via paper form.
  • Register for employment-search services at JobGateway.
  • Perform and document three qualified work search activities each week.
  • File a "biweekly claim" to certify every two weeks that you should continue receiving benefits.

Documentation requirements

  • Weekly records should include a list of your work search activities, including:
  • For applications or interviews:
    • Date of contact
    • Employer name
    • Person contacted
    • Contact information
    • The results
  • For other work search activities:
    • Date
    • Type of activity
    • Location
    • Contact name
    • Contact's phone or email
  • You must retain these records for two years weeks and have them available upon request.

Disclaimer: This is our best attempt at summarizing the rules in Pennsylvania. For the official details, see the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.