How Do You File a Pennsylvania Biweekly Unemployment Compensation Claim?


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As of July 2015, biweekly unemployment claims in Pennsylvania are made online, by telephone and through TTY relay service, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. When claiming benefits, claimants provide answers to eligibility relevant questions.

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Unemployment recipients file online claims through the Department of Labor's unemployment claim website, UC.PA.gov, according to the department. It is available at all times throughout the week.

Telephone claims are made through the PA Teleclaims automated service, according to the Department of Labor. The telephone number is 1-888-313-7284, and the service is available Sundays from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m, as of July 2015. Claims by telephone cannot be made on Saturdays.

TTY claims are filed by calling the relay service at 1-888-334-4046. To save time in filing a claim, the Department of Labor recommends getting the questions online or by contacting the claim service center or local PA CareerLink office before providing answers to the relay service.

Claimants provide information about their unemployment status, according to the Department of Labor. Information for each claim week includes the claimant's full- or partial-week work status and employment search. A claim week begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday. Claims are paid by bank direct deposit or to a debit card issued by the department.

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