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​Unemployment Compensation Guide

This guide will provide helpful tools, information, and resources to walk you through the unemployment compensation process. The links on the right provide information that you'll need to file for unemployment benefits, including FAQs and videos.

If your job has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive UC benefits. Please read our COVID-19 FAQs for more guidance on your eligibility.

Helpful UC Videos - Check out our videos for information on filing and our adjudication process. 

Not sure what the process looks like? Check out our What to Expect after Filing Infographic to get a better understanding of the unemployment filing process. 

Experiencing a delay? Check out our What's Wrong with my Unemployment Claim - Troubleshooting Guide to get a better idea of where your claim may be in the process. 

Federal CARES Act Pennsylvania Process Map

Federal CARES Act Pennsylvania Process Map

"Unemployed" means you have less or no work being offered to you, or if self-employed, you do not have as much business and are therefore not working as much as you were.

Which UC Program should you file for?

Regular Unemployment Compensation Claim, if you:

    • Worked as an employee in the last 18 months
    • Were both self-employed and an employee in the last 18 months
    • File for Regular UC Online

*PEUC Claim, if you:
    • Already exhausted a regular UC claim on or after July 6, 2019 and do not requalify yet
    • If your benefit year is active DO NOT apply, this will automatically be setup for you.
    • If your benefit year has expired, please submit an application
Pennsylvania Extended Benefits Claim, if you:
    • Exhausted both regular UC and PEUC and do not requalify for UC yet.
    • This is automatically setup after PEUC exhausts, do not apply.

Notice of financial determination will be mailed, learn more.

PUA Claim, if you:
    • Were denied regular UC
    • Were self-employed in the last 18 months and are unemployed for a COVID-19 reason
    • File for PUA Online 

FPUC is paid on all these programs. $600 on top of each benefit payment, applying to weeks 4/4/20 through 7/25/20. 

*For individuals owning an "S-Corp," you are self-employed only if you are a corporate office of your S-Corp. This means you own the company, provide direction and control the S-Corp, and are considered to be the corporate officer. If you are part of an S-Corp but at not the coportate office, you are considered a regular employee and would file for regular UC. 


UC and Federal CARES Program Progression PDF image - text below

Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Program Progression

Understanding the Programs & How to get Benefits

 The U.S. Department of Labor directs the order of Unemployment Compensation programs. You will need to apply, and exhaust all benefits available under each of the below programs before being eligible to apply for the next program.

1.     Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation – Up to 26 Weeks of Benefits

    • Regular Unemployment Compensation (UC) benefits are available to individuals who have lost their job or had hours reduced through no fault of their own and are found financially eligible. Visit www.uc.pa.gov and select "File an Initial Claim" to apply.
    • Eligible to receive $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) until it expires on July 25, 2020.

2.     Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) – 13 Weeks

    • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) becomes available after regular UC benefits are exhausted. Visit www.uc.pa.gov/PEUC to learn about applying.
    • Weekly Benefit Amount based on regular unemployment claim.
    • Eligible to receive $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) until it expires on July 25, 2020.

3.     Pennsylvania Extended Benefits (EB) – Up to 13 Weeks

    • Extended Benefits becomes available after regular UC benefits and PEUC benefits are exhausted.
    • Weekly Benefit Amount is based on regular unemployment claim.
    • Number of Extended Benefit Weeks are typically 50 percent of the amount of regular UC claim weeks you were financially eligible to receive (e.g. regular UC claim eligibility for 23 weeks, means you'll receive 11.5 EB weeks of benefits.)
    • There is no application, EB-eligible claimants will receive a letter in the mail after their PEUC claim is exhausted.
    • EB claimants will simply file their weekly certification as they did for regular UC and PEUC.
    • Eligible to receive $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) until it expires on July 25, 2020.

4.    Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) – Up to 39 Weeks

    • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is payable for weeks of unemployment, partial unemployment, or inability to work caused by COVID-19 related reasons beginning on or after January 27, 2020. Visit www.uc.pa.gov/PUA to apply.
    • Weekly Benefit Amount is based on 2019 taxes, 1099's, W-2, or any additional documentation that will verify 2019 earnings.
    • Eligible to receive $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) until it expires on July 25, 2020.

Tools to help you file