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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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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.