Program DescriptionThe Federal-State Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs provide unemployment benefits to eligible workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own, and meet certain other eligibility requirements.
Pennsylvania currently administers the following UI programs:
- Pennsylvania UI provides unemployment benefits to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own (as determined under PA state law), and meet other eligibility requirements of Pennsylvania law.
- Disaster Unemployment Assistance provides financial assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster declared by the President of the United States.
- Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees provides benefits for eligible unemployed former civilian federal employees.
- Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service Members provides benefits for eligible ex-military personnel.
- Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA) provides income support to persons who have exhausted Unemployment Compensation and whose jobs were affected by foreign imports.
General Program RequirementsTo qualify for Pennsylvania UI benefits, you must:
- Have worked in Pennsylvania during the past 12 to 18 months,
- Have enough wages and weeks of work in your employment history,
- Have a qualifying separation,
- Be able and available to accept suitable work and not refuse work when offered, and
- Register and search for work, as required.