How to Apply for Additional $300 Unemployment Benefits

The new Pennsylvania relief package replaces federal benefits that expired at the end of July.
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Beginning this week, workers who are unemployed or have had their hours cut because of COVID-19 are eligible for an additional $300 a week in benefits.  

Pennsylvania paid more than $10 billion to Pennsylvanians through the special Federal Public Unemployment Compensation program, which provided an additional $600 per week to individuals who were collecting regular Unemployment Compensation, Labor and Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak said in a statement. 

Individuals can begin filing for the additional benefits immediately; the first checks from the Low Wages Assistance Program will be sent out Sept. 10. Anyone seeking benefits should apply as soon as possible. To file a claim visit uc.pa.gov/unemployment-benefits/file/Pages/.

Those who are unemployed or have had their hours cut due to COVID-19 and receive at least $100 a week in state unemployment benefits are qualified for the $300 a week in additional aid. Eligible recipients will receive payments in one lump sum retroactive to Aug. 1.

The Low Wages Assistance Program will run through Dec. 27, or until federal funding is exhausted. Oleksiak and the Wolf administration have repeatedly indicated they would rather the federal government extend the $600 weekly supplement.

“Unless further action comes from Congress and the federal government to extend additional unemployment assistance or make an additional stimulus payment, people in Pennsylvania and across the country may soon find themselves in increasingly uncertain circumstances,” Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller said in a news statement. 

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