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    How Do I File for Unemployment Benefits at the Pennsylvania Unemployment Office

    Filing for unemployment benefits from the PA unemployment office can be a difficult and confusing process, especially if this is your first time. You have all the stress of being unemployed and trying to cut through the States red tape, can really have an effect on your moral. Before you start your filing, please register and attempt to find employment at these two employment websites

    In order to prove to the the State of Pennsylvania that you are eligible to be claim unemployment benefits, you will have to fill out some paperwork, follow our step by step guide and you should have no problems. Make sure you have completed the following jobs prior to filing at the the PA unemployment office.

    1. You must be unemployed through no fault of your own; You can not become unemployed by be being fired, or terminated with just cause
    2. You must file an initial application for UC benefits; You have to actually apply for benefits, this isn’t done automatically
    3. You have been unemployed for a waiting period of one week (waiting week) after filing a benefit claim; There is a waiting period before you get your unemployment cheque
    4. has performed services covered (or elected for coverage) under the UC Law; Unemploymen Compensation has rules to keep getting your unemployment cheques, you will need to follow them.
    5. You have earned enough wages to qualify; Unemployment Benefits are only paid to those who pay into the system through their wages, so those people who haven’t made enough haven’t contributed and so won’t have access
    6. You have sufficient credit weeks to qualify; You need to have worked for a while, not just a couple of days.
    7. You are registered for work with PA CareerLink Services. You need to show you are still looking at getting work

    Don’t wait until its too late, you can’t be sure how long your will be unemployed

    Start your Unemployment Claim at the Unemployment Office by going here


    Please use the Pennsylvania online unemployment insurance claim site. This is the best way to register for work and apply for unemployment insurance benefits in PA.

    PA unemployment office Hours of Availability (Please confirm prior to arriving)
    Monday – Friday: 9:00 A.M. -4:30 P.M. ET
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    1. Could you please send me the address of an uneployment office in Bucks county PA
      Thank you

      Comment by D. Sarantakis — January 14, 2010 @ 10:34 pm

    2. Bucks County Workforce Investment Board, Inc.
      (formerly Bucks County Employment and Training)

      Bucks County Workforce Investment Board, Inc.
      1268 Veterans Highway, Bristol, PA 19007
      Office: 215-874-2800
      Fax: 215-874-2804

      Comment by admin — December 7, 2010 @ 4:32 am

    3. Hi, click on this link for contact information of UC related offices in York. We will publish an article with more information on this subject soon, but I wanted you to have this information asap.

      All the best.

      Comment by Andrew — January 20, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

    4. Can you please tell me the address to the Unemployment Office in Chambersburg thank you.

      Comment by Lilia Ritz — September 9, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

    5. Could you please send me the address for the unemployment office in Perry County, or Carlisle area of Pennsylvania

      Comment by Debbie Leech — October 4, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

    6. i have been trying to reach the office to file my claim but cant get through could you help methanks

      Comment by arnolddickey — January 19, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

    7. My claim has been on hold since January 2. I have not received any correspondence from the unemployment office. When can I expect contact from the office. I have tried to call but it’s always busy.

      Comment by Michele Herman — January 23, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

    8. I was terminated without cause on December 15th, 2011. I was a subcontractor for a large orthopedic manufacturer. I also live in Montgomery County. Who do I contact?

      Comment by W. Roberts — February 17, 2012 @ 7:14 pm

    9. Trying to locate the nearest office to Bedford to advertise job openings.

      Comment by Terri Briggs — March 21, 2012 @ 7:14 pm

    10. Could you please send me the address of the unemployment office in Northampton County. Thank you in advance for your reply.

      Comment by Bernard S. Stano — April 15, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

    11. I live in Ohio and worked in PA, where do I file?

      Comment by Petra Craig — June 26, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    12. I am retiring in Aug. but my company wants me to finish the year 3rd party. Will I be eligible to get unemployment at that time and how will that effect my pension?

      Comment by fred wolfe — July 21, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

    13. is there any UC offices in Montgomery County, PA, also phone #’s.
      Thank you.

      Comment by nancy fulp — July 22, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    14. i have worked in penn for a year an pid taxes there,,but i live in ms..i just got laid off due to lack of work an was sent back to ms,,what do i need to do to apply for benefits

      Comment by richard — September 6, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

    15. Hello, from

      looks like you apply like normal, and they determine if you can receive them

      0. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits?
      The Pennsylvania UC Law establishes various requirements for eligibility for UC benefits. Among them are the following:

      You must have sufficient qualifying wages and a minimum of 16 credit weeks in your base year.

      You must have a qualifying separation. And, you must be able and available to accept suitable work and not refuse work when offered.

      UC eligibility cannot be predetermined. Your eligibility will be based on the information provided by you and your employer(s) after you file an Application for Benefits.

      You may access general information on UC from our website by selecting Unemployment Compensation; and for information on your financial eligibility by selecting Benefits – Potential Eligibility. For an online application to apply for benefits select Applying for UC Benefits.

      Comment by admin — December 19, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

    16. Yes there is

      PA CareerLink®

      PA CareerLink® Montgomery County
      1855 New Hope Street
      Norristown, PA 19401
      Phone – 610-270-3429
      TDD/TTY – 610-270-1273

      Comment by admin — December 19, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

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