Pennsylvania 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.

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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:

  • 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 PeriodFirst 4 of the last 5 completed quarters
Alt Base PeriodLast 4 completed quarters
Duration of BenefitsWeekly PaymentMaximum Benefits Amount (1 year)
18-26 weeks$68$572$14,872

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 claim status and to 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 [email protected].

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 Valley555 Union Boulevard
Allentown, PA 18109
Unemployment Office - Blair County1600 5th Ave
Suite 200
Altoona, PA 16602
Unemployment Office - Bedford County1 Corporate Drive
Suite 103
Bedford, PA 15522
Unemployment Office Centre County240 Match Factory Place
Bellefonte, PA 16823
Unemployment Office - Columbia/Montour County415 Central Road Suite 2
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Unemployment Office - McKean County40 Davis Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Unemployment Office - Bucks County at Bristol1260 Veterans Highway
Bristol, PA 19007
Unemployment Office - Butler County112 Hollywood Drive
Suite 203
Butler, PA 16001
Unemployment Office - Cumberland County1 Alexandra Court
Carlisle, PA 17015
Unemployment Office - Franklin County600 Norland Avenue
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Unemployment Office - Chester City701 Crosby Street
Suite B
Chester, PA 19013
Unemployment Office - Clearfield County at Clearfield1125 Linden Street
Suite 2
Clearfield, PA 16830
Unemployment Office - Potter County279 Rt 6 West
Coudersport, PA 16915
Unemployment Office - Mon Valley570 Galiffa Drive
Donora Industrial Park
Donora, PA 15033
Unemployment Office - Clearfield County at DuBois602 West DuBois Ave Unit # 1
Dubois, PA 15801
Unemployment Office - Erie County1647 Sassafras Street
Erie, PA 16502
Unemployment Office - Chester County479 Thomas Jones Way
Suite 500
Exton, PA 19341
Unemployment Office - Adams County150 V-Twin Drive
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Unemployment Office - Capitol Region100 N Cameron Street
Suite 101
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Unemployment Office - Luzerne County75 North Laurel Street
Hazleton, PA 18201
Unemployment Office Wayne County650 1/2 W Park St.
Honesdale, PA 18431
Unemployment Office - Huntingdon County54 Pennsylvania Avenue
Huntingdon, PA 16652-1299
Unemployment Office - Indiana County300 Indian Springs Road
Indiana, PA 15701
Unemployment Office - Cambria County248 Main Street Suite 100
Johnstown, PA 15901
Unemployment Office - Armstrong County11931 State Route 85 Suite E
Kittanning, PA 16201
Unemployment Office - Lancaster County1016 North Charlotte Street
Lancaster, PA 17603-2764
Unemployment Office - Lebanon County243 Schneider Drive
Lebanon, PA 17046-4875
Unemployment Office - Fayette County112 Commonwealth Drive
Lemont Furnace, PA 15456
Unemployment Office - Lewistown6395 SR 103 North
MCIDC Plaza Building 58
Lewistown, PA 17044
Unemployment Office - Clinton County8 North Grove Street
Suite F
Lock Haven, PA 17745
Employment & Training Inc. Fulton Site122 West Market Street
Suite 100
Mcconnellsburg, PA 17233
Unemployment Office - Delaware County901 Media Line Road
Media, PA 19063
Unemployment Office - Beaver County285 Beaver Valley Mall
Route 18
Monaca, PA 15061
Unemployment Office - Carbon County50 E Locust St
Nesquehoning, PA 18240
Unemployment Office - Lawrence County101 South Mercer Street
Suite 101
New Castle, PA 16101
Unemployment Office - Alle-Kiski1150 5th Avenue
Suite 200
New Kensington, PA 15068
Unemployment Office - Montgomery County1430 DeKalb Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Unemployment Office - Oil Region255 Elm Street Suite 1
Oil City, PA 16301-1412
Unemployment Office - Northwest Philadelphia5847 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Unemployment Office - Suburban Station1617 JFK Boulevard
Suite 200
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Unemployment Office - West Philadelphia3901 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center5321 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Unemployment Office - Allegheny East2040 Ardmore Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Unemployment Office - Downtown Pittsburgh304 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Unemployment Office - Schuylkill County201 - 203 East Arch Street
Pottsville, PA 17901
Unemployment Office - Jefferson County103 East Union Street
Suite 2
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
Unemployment Office - Berks County1920 Kutztown Road Suite F
Reading, PA 19604
Unemployment Office - Lackawanna County135 Franklin Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503
Unemployment Office - Mercer County217 West State Street
Sharon, PA 16146
Pike County Workforce Development Agency837 Route 6 Unit 2
Shohola, PA 18458
Unemployment Office - Somerset County6022 Glades Pike
Suite 100
Somerset, PA 15501-1461
Somerset County Office of  Veterans Services300 North Center Avenue
Ste. 380
Somerset, PA 15501
Unemployment Office - Elk County245 Depot Street
St. Marys, PA 15857
Unemployment Office - Sunbury225 Market Street
Sunbury, PA 17801
Unemployment Office - Susquehanna County1302 Main St
Susquehanna, PA 18847
Unemployment Office - Monroe CountyP.O. box 869, 2937 Route 611
Merchants Plaza
Tannersville, PA 18372-0789
Unemployment Office - Bradford/Sullivan Counties312 Main Street
Suite 1
Towanda, PA 18848-1844
Unemployment Office - Wyoming County1 Kim Avenue
Warner Complex Suite 10
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
Unemployment Office - Washington County90 West Chestnut Street
Suite 150 LL
Washington, PA 15301
Unemployment Office - Greene County200 Greene Plaza
Waynesburg, PA 15370-1324
Unemployment Office - Tioga County56 Plaza Lane
Wellsboro, PA 16901-1763
Unemployment Office - Wilkes-Barre32 East Union Street
Wilkes Barre, PA 18701
Unemployment Office - Lycoming County329 Pine Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
Unemployment Office - York County841 Vogelsong Road
York, PA 17404-0868
Unemployment Office - Youngwood151 Pavilion Lane
Youngwood, PA 15697-1814