Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Directions on how to file for unemployment
Click on the State below for instructions:
Do you file for unemployment in the state where you live or work?
If you live in one state and work in another, you file unemployment in the state where you had the job.
When will I get my first payment?
After you file your initial claim, you’ll file your first claim two weeks later. You’ll get your first payment that week or the week after, in a best-case scenario. It could take longer because of high demand. Normally, there’s an extra “waiting week” to get your first payment, but the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has cut that out because of the crisis. It comes in a debit card or direct deposit, depending on what you choose.
What do I have to do to keep getting benefits?
You have to file a claim every two weeks, showing that you’re still unemployed and reporting any money you make. Normally, you’d have to prove that you’re looking for work and complete a number of requirements, such as signing up for CareerLink and performing weekly work searches. But because of the current crisis, you do not have to do that.
You can get up to 26 weeks of benefits.