Local residents dealing with job loss as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to file for unemployment benefits but reminded that there will be wait times.
According to the PA Department of Labor and Industry, the fastest and easiest way to begin the process is online. Those determined to be eligible for unemployment compensation will receive two letters and a four digit PIN in the US mail. The first benefit payment should arrive within four weeks of filing for unemployment.
In order to make it easier to file for benefits, Governor Wolf’s emergency declaration has temporarily suspended the Work Search and Work Registration requirements for all claimants as well as the Waiting Week with benefits to begin the first week of unemployment.
The federal CARES Act will provide an additional $600 per week for individuals receiving unemployment benefits between March 29th and July 31st. The PA Department of Labor and Industry will determine eligibility and this benefit is taxable.
Those who opened a claim between March 15th and the 21st should expect to receive a PIN very soon in order to file for all eligible benefits by Friday at 9 p.m. Those who opened a claim the week after will have until April 24th to file. Everyone should continue to file biweekly claims as long as unemployment continues.
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