Well, the sad day has finally come, the layoff at your plant has happened and you are out of work. And the big question on your mind now is how to file for unemployment. With the unemployment rate at 8.6% and the real unemployment rate much higher, many people are of course asking the exact same question.
The good news is that with today’s easy access to almost everything online you can apply for your benefits either over the phone or online in many states. For those living in Pennsylvania in is an easy process to go online and file for your Unemployment PA benefits.
To file for your benefits in the State of Pennsylvania here;s what you do. Go to your Pennsylvania unemployment benefits website and click on File an Initial Claim in the upper right hand side of the page. You will then be taken to a page that asks your language either as English or Español and when you make that choice, you will then be prompted to fill in your Social Security Number (if you do not provide your SS number, you will not receive benefits). If you have ever filed a claim before or are opening up a claim again, you will be asked to input your pin number, if you are a new claimant, you can click on where it says File claim without PIN.
The next step is to read more information and get answers to common questions that many people ask. When you are sure you want to proceed, you can click on “If you want to go directly to the on-line application for UC benefits, click here.” which will then take you to yet another page that gives you full instructions and everything you need when filling out the online unemployment application. Finally, when you are ready, you can go down to the bottom of the page and click on “Click here to continue with Application” to obviously go to the online application. Once you finally fill out everything, you then click the Next button and proceed to finish the application.
That’s it and now you just wait until your claim and application is process by the State and you will start receiving your benefits as quickly as they can get them to you.
As we have emphasized before at Unemployment PA, it is in you best interest to file for your benefits as soon as possible because if you wait to file, you will not receive benefits for the time that you have not filed. In other words, if you wait for 2 or 3 weeks to file unemployment because you are bummed out, you will not receive benefits for those 2 to 3 weeks. So, now that you know how to file for unemployment, go out there and do it and collect your compensation.