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  • Learn how you can successfuly apply for unemployment compensation in Pennsylvania.

    Filing for unemployment benefits in Pennsylvania is divided into two stages: the initial claim, and your ongoing weekly claims.

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    The Initial Claim

    The initial claim starts when you first lose your job. You need to apply through one of Pennsylvania’s eight Unemployment Compensation Service Centers or Call Centers. If it has been a while since you claimed unemployment benefits you might be surprised to find out you no longer need to apply in person. In fact, rather than reporting to any physical office, you apply online or by phone. No more standing in line to file your claim. That is a thing of the past, it is cheaper, more convenient and faster to do it online or over the phone.

    Applying for Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation is easy, but if you make a mistake you could delay your compensation payments or get disqualified altogether.

    Step 1.

    Go to www.uc.pa.gov or click here If you do not have regular access to the internet you can go to any of the Pennsylvania Career Link offices for free internet and phone access. Click here to search for an office near you.

    You can claim online at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    You can also claim by phone by calling any of the UC Service Centers from Sunday 9.am to 4:30 pm and Monday to Friday 7:00 am to 8:30 pm. (See contact details below).

    Step 2

    File your application. You will need to provide the Pennsylvania Labor and Industry Department with personal information to process your application. This includes:

    • Your Social Security Number
    • Your PA driver’s license number (if you have one)
    • Your alien registration number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
    • Name and address of employer(s)
    • Your Employer Information Form (if you have one)
    • Your mailing address
    • Dates of employment and reasons for leaving
    • Your most recent pay stub (optional, but helpful)
    • Your Personal Identification Number, PIN (if you have one from a prior claim)

    If you worked in another state in the last 18 months you will need to provide a list of all your previous employers and their mailing addresses. If you worked for the Federal Government in the last 18 months you will the information contained in your Standard From 8, 50 and you W-2s. On the other hand if you were in the military in the last 18 months, make sure you have your DD214 Member Copy 4.

    Step 3

    Wait for your financial determination form in the mail, your PIN number and the date you must file your first bi-weekly claim.

    Weekly Claims.

    Step 4

    File your first unemployment benefit week (which you will not be paid) to start receiving subsequent payments. You will then have to continue filing your bi-weekly claims to continue receiving payments. You can file your bi-weekly claims online or by calling 888.255.4728. If you fail to make a weekly claim your unemployment benefits claim will become inactive and you will no longer receive payments.

    Click here for UC Call Centers contact details.

    Indiana:
    Local: 724.599.1250 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 724.599.1250 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Local PAT: 724.599.1004
    Fax: 724.599.1068
    Altoona:
    Local: 814.946.7224 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 814.946.7224 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Local PAT: 814.941.6849 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 814.941.6849 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Fax: 814.941.6801

    Lancaster:
    Local: 717.299.7711 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 717.299.7711 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Local PAT: 717.299.7560 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 717.299.7560 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Fax: 717.299.7557
    Duquesne:
    Local: 412.267.1315 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 412.267.1315 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Local PAT: 412.267.1494 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 412.267.1494 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Fax: 412.267.1475

    Philadelphia:
    Local: 215.856.6990 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 215.856.6990 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Local PAT: 215.560.1978 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 215.560.1978 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Fax: 215.560.6981
    Erie:
    Local: 814.871.4311 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 814.871.4311 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Local PAT: 814.878.5700 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 814.878.5700 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Fax: 814.871.4863
    Scranton:
    Local: 570.496.2332 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 570.496.2332 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Local TTY (Hearing Impaired): 570.562.4871 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 570.562.4871 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Local PAT: 570.562.4800 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 570.562.4800 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Local PAT TTY (Hearing Impaired): 570.562.4870 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 570.562.4870 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Fax: 570.562.4872

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