Have Your Unemployment Questions Answered at PA Department of Labor Town Hall Tomorrow, Thurs July 9
HARRISBURG (JUL 8 2020) – The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) is hosting its seventh live virtual town hall from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM this Thursday, July 9, 2020, to share information about regular unemployment compensation (UC) and other new COVID-19-related benefits programs and give Pennsylvanians the opportunity to ask questions directly of UC experts.
How to participate
A livestream for people with smart devices or computer access will be online at https://access.live/PAlabor. Those without internet access can listen by calling 1-833-380-0719, however access is limited so we ask that they be reserved for individuals who need them.
Participants will be able to ask questions live during the town hall. At the beginning of the event, the moderator will explain how to submit questions. To protect participants’ personal confidential information, specific questions about individual claims cannot be answered during the town hall.
Pennsylvania has implemented all of the new programs under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act:
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) – for self-employed, gig workers, contractors and others not normally eligible for UC.
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) – additional 13 weeks of benefits to people who exhaust their regular UC.
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) – extra $600 per week for anyone receiving unemployment benefits.
Unemployment Benefits Statistics
Since mid-March, more than $24.3 billion in benefits has been paid to claimants:
$10.3 billion from regular UC
$11 billion from FPUC
$2.9 billion from PUA
$146 million from PEUC
Of the eligible claimants that applied for benefits between March 15 and June 6, and who filed for continued claims, 90 percent received payment as of July 8.
Improving Customer Service
L&I UC staff has worked more than 182,000 overtime hours since mid-March.
UC service center staffing levels have increased 106 percent since March 15 with the hiring of new employees and reassigning of staff from other state offices/agencies. On March 15, there were 775 employees supporting UC service center operations compared to the current total of 1,599.
Staff from other areas/agencies, as well as employees in PA CareerLink® offices, were also trained to respond to email inquiries.
Important Resources and Links
Unemployment Press Briefing for July 6, 2020 (password is Cw4ngDVm)