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Accessing Unemployment Benefits

Income replacement for workers who lost their job through no fault of their own

Did you stop filing for benefits because you found work? Did you recently lose work again? You may be eligible for a new unemployment compensation claim.

Navigating the New UC System

Answers to your questions about the new online UC system

Federal Unemployment Benefits Expired on September 4th, 2021

PEUC, PUA, and the extra $300 a week (FPUC) ended on September 4th.

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Find your Local Legal Aid Provider in the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network

See if you qualify for free legal representation for your unemployment hearing

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most common questions about regular unemployment compensation and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

New UC System Claimant Experience Survey

Your feedback will help us advocate for fixes to the new system. 

Recent News

As PLA approaches the end of the year, we reflect on how special it is to be able to help Philadelphians overcome their struggles and improve their lives every day. We are so grateful to our clients who generously shared their stories, and we hope you are as moved by them as we are. With your support, we can continue to help more Philadelphians like Victor, Melinda, Carlos, Ramon, and Veronica. Visit philalegal.org/donate to make your gift today. Thank you for your continued support. See MoreSee Less
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Join Philadelphia Legal Assistance at Fishtown Library Thursday, Dec. 8th, 3-6 PM to obtain resources on a wide variety of legal needs and learn how to access free legal assistance in Philadelphia.#LegalAid #philadelphia #legaleducation #freelibraryofphiladelphia See MoreSee Less
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Attention! PLA’s Family Law intake hours will be reduced to two days a week starting on December 5, 2022. During this time the Family Law Hotline will be open on Tuesday and Thursday only from 9:30-12 pm. The Family Law Hotline is 215-981-3838. Our normal intake hours are by telephone only. Online intakes may continue to be submitted and will receive a call back at philalegal.org/apply. PLA’s Family Law Intake will be closed from December 19, 2022 to January 3, 2023. Intake will resume on January 3, 2023, for domestic relations matters regarding custody and protection from abuse plaintiffs only. Online intakes may continue to be submitted but will not receive a call back until after January 3, 2023.We encourage clients to visit the Help Center at the Family Court House, 1501 Arch Street, 11th Floor, open daily from noon to 3 pm for pro se custody assistance.We apologize for any inconvenience. See MoreSee Less
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UC Claimants!Did you get a letter denying you benefits for not completing your work registration (uchelp.org/work-search-requirements/), even though you think you are registered?You should appeal this letter! You must file an appeal by email, fax, mail, or through your online portal within 21 days of the determination date on the letter.Swipe through the post to learn more or visit uchelp.org/regular-unemployment-compensation/130-2/ See MoreSee Less
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