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Virtual town hall on unemployment set for Thursday

Claimants can ask questions live from 1 to 2 p.m.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation experts will answer questions live from claimants during the Department of Labor & Industry’s 17th virtual town hall, on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 1 to 2 p.m. UC will provide information about the unemployment benefits programs administered by L&I.

A live stream will be online at access.live/PAlabor. Those without internet access can listen by calling 1-833-380-0719, however phone lines are limited so they should be reserved for individuals who need them.

Participants using the phone lines can ask questions directly of UC experts. Individuals live streaming the town hall can submit typed questions that will be read to the UC expert by a moderator. To protect participants’ personal confidential information, detailed answers about individual claim questions cannot be answered during the town hall.

In addition to the state’s regular UC program, Pennsylvania also oversees:

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
Pennsylvania’s Extended Benefits program – up to 13 additional weeks of payments to people who exhaust regular UC and PEUC benefits
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) – extra $600 per week for anyone receiving unemployment benefits; although this program has ended, eligible individuals who file for benefits retroactively may still receive FPUC payments for prior weeks of unemployment between April 4 and July 25 if they qualify
Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program – extra $300 weekly benefit for claimants receiving unemployment benefits; LWA is not an unemployment program, but rather is a temporary federal program funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Click here for more information.

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