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L&I to hold unemployment compensation virtual town hall Thursday

Information will be shared about Pennsylvania’s regular unemployment compensation and other new COVID-19-related benefits programs

The Department of Labor & Industry is hosting a live virtual town hall, from 1 to 2 p.m., on Thursday, June 18, to share information about Pennsylvania’s regular unemployment compensation and other new COVID-19-related benefits programs.

A livestream for people with smart devices or computer access will be online at access.live/PAlabor. Those without internet access can listen by calling 1-833-380-0719, however access is limited, so this should be reserved for individuals who need it.

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, 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

Since mid-March, nearly $16.6 billion in benefits has been paid to claimants: $8.4 billion from regular UC; $6.9 billion from FPUC; $1.2 billion from PUA; and $94 million from PEUC.

L&I UC staff has worked more than 147,000 overtime hours since mid-March. UC service center staffing levels have also increased 80 percent since March. It added 312 new employees, bringing the total of UC service center staff to 1,491. It also added 358 additional state employees who have been reassigned from other offices/agencies to assist in UC.

Recordings of prior public town halls are available here. Additional unemployment benefits information is available here.

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