Pennsylvania Unemployment Requirements

In order to start your unemployment, PA unemployment requirements include the following:

1. You are totally unemployed. Depending on your vocation and industry, you may qualify for unemployment if you have had your hours reduced.
2. You have worked and earned a minimum amount of wages in work covered by unemployment tax during the past 18 months.
3. You have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you were laid-off you will qualify for unemployment. In most cases, if you were fired for cause - you will not be eligible to collect unemployment. If you were fired for cause, you SHOULD apply for unemployment anyway, just in case you are eligible to get it.
4. You are able and available for work. If you are unable to work because of disability or medical condition, you may not meet the Pennsylvania unemployment requirements, but you should apply anyway. If you are not eligible for unemployment, you may be eligible to collect disability benefits, and the case worker at the unemployment office will be able to direct you on how to apply for disability.
5. You are registered for work at your local Workforce Development Center. You must do this when you apply for unemployment, and every week when you certify your weekly claim.
6. You are actively seeking work. You must apply to a minimum of two jobs per week.

To continue receiving weekly unemployment benefits, PA unemployment requirements state that you must file a 'weekly claim' by doing the following:

1. Meet all of the PA unemployment requirements listed above.
2. Apply for at least two jobs each week.
3. Contact the Pennsylvania unemployment office to file your 'weekly claim'. You can do this via phone or on the internet.

Toll Free: 1-888-313-7284 Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Office Pennsylvania Unemployment Website

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# Tracy 2011-02-08 19:47
my mother recently became disabled and moved in with me. She is in poor health and I need to be here to care for her. If I quit my job am I eligible for unemployment?
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# maria 2011-04-02 21:14
I resigned my job because I was commuting from pa to Jersey city its highly expensive also my job started having problems with payroll paying 5 to 7 days late couldnt afford it any more do i qualify for unemployment
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# Jarrod 2011-07-26 21:00
i work at a golf course throughout the year. In the fall and winter seasons, work is not 100% available. There are opportunities here and there. Would I be able to collect a full 40 hour week, or even partial if we are not offered the time.
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# JA 2012-01-11 16:48
My son is in a cast with a broken ankle and can not work for 6 weeks. His injury did not happen on the job. Can he collect unemployment or disability?
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# Lynne 2012-01-17 12:45
Can a person in Pennsylvania work (and get paid) if they collect disability??? Doesn't seem right? Also, can a person receive disability AND unemployment at the same time?
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# Sean 2012-04-30 12:42
I was at my job for almost 5yrs. I got married, she lives in New York City, I had to quit my job and move to NYC, would I qualify for unemployment.
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# Lala 2012-11-05 12:08
I have recently located out of state for my hubby's job and had to resign from mine and I was eligible for benefits. You should call and speak to a unemployment rep though because there certain seps u need to take.
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# Jody 2012-07-09 08:32
I was at my summer job for 1 day, the business was taken over by a larger business, and I was no longer needed. Would I qualify for unemployment?
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# Nicole 2012-08-06 08:36
The place i work has roaches and does unscheduled treatments. I'm also pregnant. Can I claim unemployment?
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# Mike 2012-08-29 20:41
On my 'Financial Determination' I see a column all the way to the right that says, 'Credit Weeks'. Can you give me some info on what this refers to?
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# Grace 2012-08-30 18:43
I recently got married and moved with my husband to New Jersey. I gave my notification to leave several months ago and that has since passed as they asked me to stay on longer working remote. I know this will eventually come to and end, but i am willing and able to continue working (remote). When they give me my final date to work through, would I then qualify for unemployement?
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# helen 2012-09-07 11:40
My daughter had to take an indefinate maternity leave..
she is 3 months pregnant an is on complete bed rest.
is she eligable for any type of of unemployment ?
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# Ashley 2012-09-23 14:51
I worked a little over 6 months at my job and then got fired because I asked to switch with someone and no one could switch so my boss wrote me up as a call off. Am I able to get unemployment?
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# Sherice 2012-09-26 11:18
I work in the construction industr. I am currently working in Delaware but I reside in Philadelphia. If/when I am laid off from this job, am I eligible to collect Pennsylvania UC benefits or would I have to file for unemployment in the state of Delaware?
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# Timothy 2012-09-29 20:43
Is swearing a ligit reasonable reason to terminate some ones emplyement if it is not directed to a fellow employee or customer. Does a company have the right to threaten termination for swearing or hand gestures, I get all of the harrasment issues, but what if its ment in a joking manner with fellow employes that has nothing to do with or seen by customers that does not threaten them or the owner ship, Is there not free speach infringements? I feel like this policey infringes on my right to free speach. Is there recourse. I work for for a very conservative christian organzation I understand they do not want the language however I dont feel like they can threaten my job because they dont like what I say.
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# matt 2012-10-03 16:38
I recently was laid off from my current job and exhausted my regular unemployment and had a previous extension from 5 years ago that was significantly lower is it legal for them continue my rate on the extension from 5 years ago and not my current claim
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# JP 2012-11-17 07:16
I have recently been on a medical leave as a registered nurse. I will be unable to return to work on their deadline. Am I eligible to collect unemployment ?
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# chico75 2012-11-23 00:13
I am working full time now. I have my waiting week in. in the state of keep my claim open so that I don't need to have another waiting week. do I need to file a UC benefit claim ?
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# Cate 2012-12-08 14:50
Can I file if I leave my job because I've witnessed unfair treatment of employees, harassment, discrimination, no discipline procedure put into action and an over all stressful environment that has no leadership and the staff is left to police themselves and I just can't take it anymore?
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# lisajy 2012-12-27 11:35
I've been dealing with health issues for awhile.
I'm not intittled to disability whih is understadable. I'm not disabaled. Howeve it is become imposible for me to get my health situatin under control were i work. It is far to stressful to consitrate o getting better. If I took a leave of absence to work on getting my health under control would I be able to collect unemployment for the peroid of my leave of absence?
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# Mary 2012-12-30 21:09
I have two questions.

1. I am about to give birth to my daughter after that will i be eligable for unemployment. I'm still working and I"m hoping to work until I go into labor.

2. My husband's boss said that he might fire him for leaving meat out when my husband didn't even do it the other guys did it. Would he be able to get unemployment because of that?
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# Shelby 2013-01-22 09:56
If I called off because I was sick and got fired
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# crystal 2013-02-08 19:47
could i collect if i was fired for taking off work because my toddler or i was sick? I have been threatened with termination over calling off too often but the only time i do is when she or i have medical emergencies.
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# kb 2013-03-27 14:52
I work 20 hours (no benefits) a week since 2011 my job will be abolished as of 6/30 can I file for unemployment?
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# Merle 2013-04-01 08:03
I reside in Pa & work for a PA company & receive my pay through them. I worked in Ohio since June 2011. I just got laid off. Can I collect unemployment benefits in PA? My employer says they paid my benifits to Ohio & I need to collect from Ohio. The last time I was laid off, under the same circumstances, I collected in PA. I feel they made an error & paid in to the wrong state.
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