Pennsylvania Unemployment Extension

If your Pennsylvania unemployment benefits have run out you may be eligible to receive extended unemployment benefits through one of the state or federal unemployment extension programs.

This federal unemployment extension programs is called Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (Also known as EUC08).

Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08) includes 4 stages, or tiers. Each tier has a different maximum time period for which your unemployment extension will last:

Tier 1 EUC08: 20 week maximum unemployment extension.
Tier 2 EUC08: 14 week maximum unemployment extension.
Tier 3 EUC08: 13 week maximum unemployment extension.
Tier 4 EUC08: 6 week maximum unemployment extension.

If you use up all of your regular unemployment benefits, normally you don't have to apply for an unemployment extension because the system automatically applies for you, if you are eligible. It is very important that you keep track of your benefits to make sure you receive your unemployment extension if you are eligible.

If you get close to your unemployment benefits running out, give your unemployment counselor a call to check to see what you have to do in order to get they unemployment extension.

There is another type of unemployment extension called Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED), more commonly referred to as Extended Benefits (EB). You will only qualify for the EB unemployment extension if you have used up all of your regular unemployment benefits and also used up all of your EUC08 unemployment extension.

If you qualify for the EB unemployment extension you will receive additional benefits equal to 20 weeks or 80% of the maximum benefit amount on the original unemployment claim, whichever amount is less.

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To go the main Pennsylvania Unemployment page, click here: Pennsylvania Unemployment

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# Karen 2010-12-29 19:09
I have been collecting PA unemployment and have moved to Florida since I was layed off. My unemployment is coming to an end, will I be eligible for exctended benefits from PA?
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# Rob 2012-04-25 09:17
My 26 weeks of unemplyment benefits just ran out, how long does it take to find out if it can be extended ? I can't find any info on if they are still extending it or if that program is over.
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# Beverly 2012-06-17 21:24
Hi. I was down-sized in December and started my uneployment in January 2012. My 26 weeks are running out by mid-July. I can't seem to get ahold of someone to understand the eligibility requirements for extended benefits. Could you either provide information or point me in the right direction? Thank you,
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# Judy 2012-09-16 10:57
Notified my benifits are ending on my uc claim. How do I find out if I ca get an extension? I live in Pa
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# Maria 2012-10-14 10:53
how do i find out what is left in my unemploymenty account and when will it run out?
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# Stephanie 2012-11-24 06:47
My question is how long by law does it take to receive a answer if you've been approved for a UCE it's been almost a month after I've applied for UCE & SUBMITTED a partial petion payment from my employer & I have yet to receive a response from UC about an extention WHAT IS THE TIME FRAME FOR A DECISION FOR UCE?I've spoken to several workers in the lancaster along with 2 supervisors & each person seems to have a different time frame!!!!!!!
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# Darren 2012-11-27 13:48
I was told even if i'm only on my 2nd tier that my benefits will run out at the end of december instead of going on to my 3rd tier which would have meant my benefits would have ran out in march is this true
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# Ed S 2013-04-14 07:09
I live in PA I have collected UC for 52 weeks. Do I qualify for an extension of payments?
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# Peter 2013-07-10 16:01
Two questions re EUC08:

a) How many weeks are provided in Tier 3 of EUC08?
b) Is Tier 4 no longer provided?

Please clarify. Thank you!
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