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​What is Work Registration? 

Work registration is a Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation (UC) requirement where claimants must register with PA CareerLink® within 30 days after filing an unemployment claim.



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For more information on how to complete work registration requirements, please review the Work Registration user guide 

Are work search and work registration the same thing?  

No. Work search requires you to apply for two jobs and complete one work-search activity every week. Work registration requires you to register for employment-search services through PA CareerLink® within 30 days after filing an unemployment claim. 


Can I be exempt from work registration? 

Yes. The work registration requirements will not apply to a week if you satisfy one of the following exceptions for the week: 

    • During the week, you are participating in the Shared-Work Program. 
    • During the week, you are in training approved by the department or under the Trade Adjustment Act. 
    • During the week, you are required to participate in the Pennsylvania Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) at a PA CareerLink® under Section 402(j) of the Law. 
    • You are laid off, and the employer has provided you a recall date in writing. 

Please reference the UC Handbook for more details. 


I currently live in another state. Do the work registration requirements affect me? 

Yes. You must register for employment-search services within 30 days after filing for benefits. 

    • If your local labor market is outside of Pennsylvania, you must register with the state employment service that serves your local labor market. 
    • If your local labor market is within Pennsylvania (either you live in PA, or commute to PA for work) you must register for employment-search services through PA CareerLink®.  

For more information about work registration, please visit Work Search/Work Registration FAQs.  

When attempting to register, if you receive a message saying that you may already have an account in the system, do NOT assume that you are fully registered for UC purposes. Contact your local PA CareerLink® office to determine if you have an existing account and completed the UC registration requirement.