Philadelphia Employment Law News

Unemployment Up Again: Do You Need to File for Benefits?

This economy has been a drain on everyone. Well, maybe it's been a drain on only 99% of people, but a drain nonetheless. You've probably felt the hurt in one way or another, the loss of co-workers, no raise, or you've lost a job altogether.

The most recent unemployment application numbers were released recently showing that weekly applications increased by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 365,000, reports the Associated Press. The four-week average actually fell to a mark lower than it has been since the end of March.

These numbers are supposed to mean that the country is overall gaining jobs and lowering unemployment, but what if you're one of the folks that needs to apply for benefits?

Unemployment Compensation (“UC”), sometimes known as unemployment insurance, is available to employees that have lost their job through no fault of their own. Its purpose is to help people survive while they are searching for their next job.

To apply for UC in Pennsylvania, you must first be sure to be eligible to receive it. Eligibility is based on the amount you’ve worked and earned in the last 12 months.

Luckily, you do not need to calculate your eligibility before applying. Instead, you can apply and find out if you are eligible by the response.

You can apply online after gathering information like your Social Security number, home address, the name of your last employer and similar information. The Department of Labor and Industry has a checklist you can use to make sure that you have all the information you need.

Good luck filing for your unemployment compensation claim and finding that new gig. It’s a good thing to have a little bit of a cushion until that new paycheck hits the mail.

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