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File an Initial Claim

If you are experiencing system issues, please reference the UC System Check for the latest updates.


Before You Get Started:

  • Filing for the same claim weeks on more than one program is considered fraud.
  • Please be careful when answering questions in the new UC system. Once an answer has been provided, you will not be able to change it in the system. If you accidentally select the incorrect answer, the only way to fix it and move forward on your claim is to call the UC Service center at 888-313-7284 or uchelp@pa.gov


​Unemployment Compensation

The Unemployment Compensation (UC ) program provides temporary income support if you

  • lose your job through no fault of your own, or
  • if you are working less than your full-time hours.

If you qualify, you will receive money for a limited time to help you meet expenses while you seek new employment. To be eligible for UC benefits, you must be a worker who performed services that are covered by the Pennsylvania UC Law.

Before you apply for UC

After you apply for UC




Have you lost your health insurance? Visit PA Insurance Department's Health Insurance Options webpage for information on options available to you and your family.