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Federal Benefits Now Expired

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment (PEUC), and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) programs expired September 4, 2021

For more information, visit Federal Benefits Information or find available Resources & Assistance.  

Unpaid Waiting Week Reinstatement

If you file a new Unemployment Compensation (UC) claim as of September 5, 2021, or later you will have to serve an unpaid waiting week. If you reopen an existing UC claim effective September 5, 2021, or later, on which you have received no payments yet, you will have to serve an unpaid waiting week. This is especially noteworthy for PEUC claimants moving to UC; if your first eligible claim week is September 11, 2021, or after it will be considered a waiting week and will not be paid. 

To get credit for your unpaid waiting week you must file for it and be otherwise eligible. To learn more about the waiting week and eligibility, refer to Eligibility FAQs.

Before You Get Started:

  • Eligibility for regular UC must be Identified before filing for PUA. If you are eligible for regular state UC (in PA or any other state); then you cannot claim PUA.
  • 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

​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

​Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA program provides up to 79 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals not eligible for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits, including those who have exhausted all rights to such benefits.

You should file for PUA if you are ineligible for regular UC because you have lost income due to COVID-19 and

    • are self-employed, or
    • are seeking part-time work, or
    • lack sufficient work history, or
    • have exhausted all rights to regular UC or extended benefits.

PUA benefits are only for individuals who are unemployed and otherwise would be working but are unable to due to COVID-19 pandemic reasons. PUA does not cover

    • Individuals without an attachment to the labor market, or
    • Individuals who are unemployed for non-COVID-19 reasons.

Check out our infographic or watch our video that illustrates who is NOT eligible for PUA.

Review the PUA Claimant Guide or for information on what documents are needed to register and file your initial PUA claim. Collect proof of earnings documents in advance – acceptable documentation of wages include, but is not limited to:

  • 2019 tax returns;
  • your 2019 1099 form(s);
  • paycheck stubs;
  • bank receipts;
  • ledgers;
  • contracts;
  • invoices; and/or
  • billing statements.

PUA Status, Access, and Weekly Certification

  • You do NOT need a Personal Identification Number (PIN) with the PUA system, you will have the username and password that you create.
  • You will NOT receive a confirmation email after submitting your initial PUA claim. You can go into the PUA dashboard to see the claim.
  • You CAN manage everything through your PUA dashboard - check on your claim status, upload documents, see payment information, etc.
  • After you file your initial claim, you'll need to file weekly certifications for PUA.

Need to request backdating for your claim to be effective earlier than when you opened your claim? Learn how to request the backdating of your PUA claim

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.