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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Service Information

On Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, online services and Pennsylvania Teleclaims (PAT) will be available. However, services through 888-313-7284 will not be available in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Claims/Payment Processing for the Holiday

Due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, UC benefit payments will be issued in accordance with the following schedule:


Payment Submitted Payment in Direct Deposit
or Debit Card Account/Check Mailed
Jan. 11 (Thursday) Jan. 16 (Tuesday)
Jan. 12 (Friday) Jan. 17 (Wednesday)
Jan. 14 (Sunday) Jan. 17 (Wednesday)
Jan. 15 (Monday) Jan. 17 (Wednesday)


UC Benefit Reduction Changes

The current 1.7 percent benefit reduction will increase to 2.4 percent. This change will go into effect for individuals receiving unemployment compensation (UC) benefits for weeks ending January 6, 2018 and after. This reduction is required by the solvency measures, which are part of Pennsylvania’s UC Law. This reduction applies to UC regular benefits. Benefit payments for special Federal Programs such as Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA) will not be affected. Additional Information Regarding Benefit Reductions.

UC-1099G Forms for Tax Year 2017

If you received UC benefits during the 2017 calendar year, you will be receiving a UC-1099G form in the mail for income tax purposes. These forms were mailed to claimants on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. You can also download your UC-1099G today by visiting * Please note: You will need your social security number and your PIN.

Protect Your Identity

Please give careful consideration to any requests for your debit card numbers, direct deposit information, or other personal information. The department will never initiate contact with you by text message or email and request your personal information. When the department sends you an email in response to an inquiry made by you, the department will ask to confirm your full name along with the last four digits of your social security number. Also, we will never send you a text message or email asking for your full social security number, personal identification number (PIN), bank account number, or debit card number at any time.