To claim Pennsylvania Unemployment Benefits, you need to have earned enough money during your “base year.” The base year is the first four quarters of the last five completed quarters at the time your claim is filed. The money you made during your base year determines, in part, if you can collect UC and how much you can collect. And, you have to have been working at a job that’s covered by Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Compensation Law.
Unemployment Compensation benefit is for people who lost a job because of something that wasn’t their fault. If you’re out of work because your employer had to make cutbacks, close an office, went out of business or something you couldn’t control, it’s possible that you will be eligible to collect Unemployment Compensation.
- You must have sufficient qualifying wages and a minimum of 18 credit weeks in your base year.
- You must have a qualifying separation, must be able and available to accept suitable work and not refuse work when offered.