Pa. unemployment system to undergo long sought upgrade in June, though concerns linger

BY: - April 10, 2021

The department is already training hundreds of new customer service staff and interviewers to help claimants with their benefits.

More staff needed to end Pa. unemployment delays, L&I head tells lawmakers

BY: - March 2, 2021

The demand for their help won’t be disappearing soon. Officials say about 500,000 of the jobs lost from during the pandemic appear permanent.


MAP: Pa.’s unemployment rate change varies by county | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - December 9, 2020

Good morning, fellow seekers. Associate Editor Cassie Miller here, hoping your Wednesday is off to a smooth start. On Monday, the Pennsylvania State Data Center dropped its “Map of the Month,” a map visualizing a Data Center-selected topic across Pennsylvania. This month, the Data Center looked at Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate change from March to September, the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

Pa.’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in October

BY: - November 20, 2020

From September to October the rate of unemployment fell from 8.3 percent to 7.3 percent. The department reports that the national unemployment rate also fell by a percentage point to 6.9 percent in October. 

REPORT: Pa. unemployment claims recovering quickly compared to other states | The Numbers Racket

BY: - September 7, 2020

Pennsylvania has seen the second quickest recovery of unemployment claims from last week to last year and the sixth quickest recovery of unemployment claims since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report by WalletHub. 


A Labor Day wish | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - September 5, 2020

Pennsylvania is still suffering from double-digit unemployment. When will its economy rebound?


Shapiro, feds charge 33 with filing fake CARES Act unemployment claims | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - August 26, 2020

Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Here’s a political truism that’s as old as politics itself: if you come up with a good idea or program, it will only be a matter of time before someone figures out a way to play the angles. Such was the case Tuesday when Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Pittsburgh U.S. Attorney Scott Brady announced […]

Filing an unemployment claim in Pennsylvania, what to do, what you need to know

BY: - August 19, 2020

As a public service, here's everything you need to know about filing for unemployment in Pennsylvania and getting help if you need it.

Trump’s $400 a week jobless aid could be just $300. It depends on where you live

BY: - August 11, 2020

Governors, lawmakers and state unemployment agencies on Monday wrestled with confusion created by President Donald Trump’s executive action extending unemployment benefits, and it appeared some states could settle for $300 a week in benefits instead of the $400 that the president touted. State leaders from both political parties remained unsure how much they’d have to […]


Pa.’s unemployment system: A unique fixer-upper opportunity | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - August 1, 2020

Pennsylvania's unemployment system is a mess. And many state residents are still waiting for their first payments. Can it be salvaged?

‘14,000 attempts’: Balky technology, expiring unemployment benefits worry workers, state leaders

BY: - July 31, 2020

By Marty Schladen Congress is continuing to squabble over whether to extend a federal supplement to unemployment insurance and if they do, by how much. But as they argue over whether to continue the supplement at $600 a week or some fraction of that, out-of-work Americans are left to worry whether they can survive on […]


Yale study: COVID unemployment benefits didn’t stop people from seeking work | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 29, 2020

The new report punctures a major Republican argument about extending benefits for millions of jobless Americans amid the pandemic.