Unemployment Compensation and COVID-19

Today, Governor Tom Wolf ordered all nonessential businesses closed across the Commonwealth. Many hard-working men and women, often in hourly wage jobs, in retail, services, and entertainment industries, along with many more are facing economic uncertainty in the face of this public health crisis. The Office of Unemployment Compensation have issued some adjustments to accommodate the situation:

  • (NEW) The Waiting Week is suspended.  Previously, claimants were not eligible for benefits during their first week of unemployment (the “waiting week.”) This has been suspended; eligible claimants may receive benefits for the first week that they are unemployed
  • (NEW) Work Search and Work Registration requirements are temporarily waived for all UC claimants.  Claimants are not required to prove they have applied or searched for a new job to maintain their UC benefits.  Claimants are also not required to register with www.PACareerLink.gov.

To learn more, please go to the Office of Unemployment Compensation website.