Unemployment Benefits Extended by 13 Weeks

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvanians who have an expired Unemployment Compensation claim or have exhausted their benefits under an existing claim can receive an additional 13 weeks of payments through the new Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, according to Senate Labor and Industry Committee Chair Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).

Under the new program, if an individual has an open claim and exhausts their benefits, the additional 13 weeks will be automatically added to their existing claim. If a claimant’s benefits have expired, they must submit an application for the extended benefit online or mail a paper application.

Applicants will receive the same weekly benefit as their regular rate, including the additional $600 per week from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program through July 25. Benefits will be available retroactive to the benefit week ending April 4.

The extended benefits will be available through December 26 for claimants who have exhausted regular benefits.


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