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Pennsylvania Unemployment

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry provides unemployment insurance benefits to temporarily help out-of-work Pennsylvania workers.

Understanding Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Insurance Benefits

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry provides unemployment insurance benefits to temporarily help out-of-work Pennsylvania workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. 

Pennsylvania unemployment benefits are designed as a temporary stop-gap to help provide financial stability while a worker looks for a new job. Such examples include the Unemployment Compensation Board in the state of Pennsylvania. Under UC Law, this allows unemployed individuals the opportunity to file an unemployment claim and receive benefits if the worker is eligible. Listed below is the Pennsylvania Unemployment Benefits Office to reach out and learn more about your UC benefits.

Pennsylvania Unemployment Services



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How To Qualify for Pennsylvania Unemployment Benefits

Individual eligibility cannot be determined until a claimant files an initial claim for review. However, most eligible claimants will be able to show the following eligibility requirements:

  • Sufficient qualifying income and a minimum of 18 credit weeks within the base year

  • A qualifying separation – meaning the claimant lost employment through no fault of his/her own or left employment with good cause

  • Willingness and availability to accept suitable work whenever it is offered

Once your initial unemployment compensation claim is submitted, your information will be reviewed and you will receive a decision as to your eligibility.

Benefit Payments and Duration

Base Period

First 4 of the last 5 completed quarters

Alt Base Period

Last 4 completed quarters

Duration of Benefits

Weekly Payment

Maximum Benefits Amount (1 year)



18-26 weeks




How To Apply for Pennsylvania Unemployment Benefits

To submit your initial claim for unemployment assistance, you may use any of the methods outlined below:

  • Online submission: Complete the online application using Pennsylvania’s secure website

  • Telephone claim: Use the statewide unemployment compensation toll-free number at 888-313-7284 to file your unemployment claim

  • Mail: Submit a paper application by mail to an Unemployment Compensation service center.

  • Videophone:  For individuals whose chief mode of communication is American Sign Language, video service is available every Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m. at 717-704-8474. Sign language is the ONLY means of communication provided through this method.

After submitting your unemployment claim, you will receive a confirmation letter within seven to 10 business days, which will include the Personal Identification Number you will need to check the claim status and file your biweekly claim.

Managing Your Unemployment Benefits

Once your initial claim is approved, you also are required to file a biweekly claim for unemployment compensation benefits you’d like to receive for the previous two weeks. As part of this process, you’ll answer questions related to any money earned in the previous weeks, activities related to your job search, and any job offers you’ve received since your last claim.

You can file your weekly claim online or use Pennsylvania Teleclaims by calling 888-255-4728.

Filing an Appeal in Pennsylvania

If you are unhappy with the decision regarding your initial unemployment claim, you have the right to file an appeal. You may submit a Request for Hearing online or by mail.

When requesting a hearing through the mail, you can use the appeal form that came with your determination letter, or you can write the letter yourself to the address that will appear on your determination letter.

Your determination letter will also include a fax number for appeals if you would prefer to send your request for appeal that way. You also may submit a request for appeal via email to UCAppeals@pa.gov.

You must appeal within 15 days of the date on which your determination letter was postmarked. At this point, your case will be reviewed by a Referee, who will issue a second determination. You then may appeal this decision to the Board of Appeals. All final appeals will be addressed to the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

Reporting Fraud in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry takes all reports of unemployment compensation fraud very seriously. If you believe someone is fraudulently using your identity to collect unemployment compensation, you can report this activity using the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s secure online reporting form

You can also call Pennsylvania’s Fraud Hotline at 800-692-7469 and report fraud over the phone.

To report anyone you suspect of fraudulently receiving UI benefits, submit an Unemployment Claims Fraud form. This may include claimants who are working and not appropriately reporting wages or those who cannot work due to illness, disability, or incarceration.

Pennsylvania Unemployment Office Locations

Unemployment Office – Lehigh Valley

555 Union Boulevard

Allentown, PA 18109


Unemployment Office – Blair County

1600 5th Ave

Suite 200

Altoona, PA 16602


Unemployment Office – Bedford County

1 Corporate Drive

Suite 103

Bedford, PA 15522


Unemployment Office Centre County

240 Match Factory Place

Bellefonte, PA 16823


Unemployment Office – Columbia/Montour County

415 Central Road Suite 2

Bloomsburg, PA 17815


Unemployment Office – McKean County

40 Davis Street

Bradford, PA 16701


Unemployment Office – Bucks County at Bristol

1260 Veterans Highway

Bristol, PA 19007


Unemployment Office – Butler County

112 Hollywood Drive

Suite 203

Butler, PA 16001


Unemployment Office – Cumberland County

1 Alexandra Court

Carlisle, PA 17015


Unemployment Office – Franklin County

600 Norland Avenue

Chambersburg, PA 17201


Unemployment Office – Chester City

701 Crosby Street

Suite B

Chester, PA 19013


Unemployment Office – Clearfield County at Clearfield

1125 Linden Street

Suite 2

Clearfield, PA 16830


Unemployment Office – Potter County

279 Rt 6 West

Coudersport, PA 16915


Unemployment Office – Mon Valley

570 Galiffa Drive

Donora Industrial Park

Donora, PA 15033


Unemployment Office – Clearfield County at DuBois

602 West DuBois Ave Unit # 1

Dubois, PA 15801


Unemployment Office – Erie County

1647 Sassafras Street

Erie, PA 16502


Unemployment Office – Chester County

479 Thomas Jones Way

Suite 500

Exton, PA 19341


Unemployment Office – Adams County

150 V-Twin Drive

Gettysburg, PA 17325


Unemployment Office – Capitol Region

100 N Cameron Street

Suite 101

Harrisburg, PA 17101


Unemployment Office – Luzerne County

75 North Laurel Street

Hazleton, PA 18201


Unemployment Office Wayne County

650 1/2 W Park St.

Honesdale, PA 18431


Unemployment Office – Huntingdon County

54 Pennsylvania Avenue

Huntingdon, PA 16652-1299


Unemployment Office – Indiana County

300 Indian Springs Road

Indiana, PA 15701


Unemployment Office – Cambria County

248 Main Street Suite 100

Johnstown, PA 15901


Unemployment Office – Armstrong County

11931 State Route 85 Suite E

Kittanning, PA 16201


Unemployment Office – Lancaster County

1016 North Charlotte Street

Lancaster, PA 17603-2764


Unemployment Office – Lebanon County

243 Schneider Drive

Lebanon, PA 17046-4875


Unemployment Office – Fayette County

112 Commonwealth Drive

Lemont Furnace, PA 15456


Unemployment Office – Lewistown

6395 SR 103 North

MCIDC Plaza Building 58

Lewistown, PA 17044


Unemployment Office – Clinton County

8 North Grove Street

Suite F

Lock Haven, PA 17745


Employment & Training Inc. Fulton Site

122 West Market Street

Suite 100

Mcconnellsburg, PA 17233


Unemployment Office – Delaware County

901 Media Line Road

Media, PA 19063


Unemployment Office – Beaver County

285 Beaver Valley Mall

Route 18

Monaca, PA 15061


Unemployment Office – Carbon County

50 E Locust St

Nesquehoning, PA 18240


Unemployment Office – Lawrence County

101 South Mercer Street

Suite 101

New Castle, PA 16101


Unemployment Office – Alle-Kiski

1150 5th Avenue

Suite 200

New Kensington, PA 15068


Unemployment Office – Montgomery County

1430 DeKalb Street

Norristown, PA 19401


Unemployment Office – Oil Region

255 Elm Street Suite 1

Oil City, PA 16301-1412


Unemployment Office – Northwest Philadelphia

5847 Germantown Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19144


Unemployment Office – Suburban Station

1617 JFK Boulevard

Suite 200

Philadelphia, PA 19103


Unemployment Office – West Philadelphia

3901 Market Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104


Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center

5321 Penn Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15224


Unemployment Office – Allegheny East

2040 Ardmore Boulevard

Pittsburgh, PA 15221


Unemployment Office – Downtown Pittsburgh

304 Wood Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15222


Unemployment Office – Schuylkill County

201 – 203 East Arch Street

Pottsville, PA 17901


Unemployment Office – Jefferson County

103 East Union Street

Suite 2

Punxsutawney, PA 15767


Unemployment Office – Berks County

1920 Kutztown Road Suite F

Reading, PA 19604


Unemployment Office – Lackawanna County

135 Franklin Avenue

Scranton, PA 18503


Unemployment Office – Mercer County

217 West State Street

Sharon, PA 16146


Pike County Workforce Development Agency

837 Route 6 Unit 2

Shohola, PA 18458


Unemployment Office – Somerset County

6022 Glades Pike

Suite 100

Somerset, PA 15501-1461


Somerset County Office of  Veterans Services

300 North Center Avenue

Ste. 380

Somerset, PA 15501


Unemployment Office – Elk County

245 Depot Street

St. Marys, PA 15857


Unemployment Office – Sunbury

225 Market Street

Sunbury, PA 17801


Unemployment Office – Susquehanna County

1302 Main St

Susquehanna, PA 18847


nemployment Office – Monroe County

P.O. box 869, 2937 Route 611

Merchants Plaza

Tannersville, PA 18372-0789


Unemployment Office – Bradford/Sullivan Counties

312 Main Street

Suite 1

Towanda, PA 18848-1844


Unemployment Office – Wyoming County

1 Kim Avenue

Warner Complex Suite 10

Tunkhannock, PA 18657


Unemployment Office – Washington County

90 West Chestnut Street

Suite 150 LL

Washington, PA 15301


Unemployment Office – Greene County

200 Greene Plaza

Waynesburg, PA 15370-1324


Unemployment Office – Tioga County

56 Plaza Lane

Wellsboro, PA 16901-1763


Unemployment Office – Wilkes-Barre

32 East Union Street

Wilkes Barre, PA 18701


Unemployment Office – Lycoming County

329 Pine Street

Williamsport, PA 17701


Unemployment Office – York County

841 Vogelsong Road

York, PA 17404-0868


Unemployment Office – Youngwood

151 Pavilion Lane

Youngwood, PA 15697-1814


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