May 17, 2020  


Pennsylvania Launches Program for People who Exhaust their Unemployment Compensation Benefits

Provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits

More than $7.9 billion in total unemployment benefits paid since mid-March  

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak today announced the launch of Pennsylvania’s Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program to provide an additional 13 weeks of benefits to people who exhaust their regular unemployment compensation (UC).   

PEUC is included in the new federal unemployment compensation benefits provided by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Pennsylvania has implemented all programs under the new CARES Act and paid out nearly $7.4 billion in total unemployment benefits since mid-March.  

Important information about the extended benefits program follows and has also been emailed or mailed via the United States Postal Service to all individuals who potentially qualify for PEUC.  


You are eligible for PEUC if you: 

  How to Receive PEUC

PEUC Weekly Benefit Amount: 

Extra $600 on PEUC: 

Pennsylvania’s UC Payments  

Since March 15, the department has made 15.7 million payments to claimants totaling nearly $7.9 billion in benefits:

​Regular UC claim statistics are available here and the breakdown of that data by industry and county is here. PUA claim statistics are available here.

Visit the commonwealth’s Responding to COVID-19 guide for the latest guidance and resources for Pennsylvanians or the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s dedicated coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.  

MEDIA CONTACT: Penny Ickes,                                                 

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