Pennsylvania receives $1.5B to supplement unemployment benefits

By: Lauren Rosenblatt

Pennsylvania will receive nearly $1.5 billion in federal funding to supplement weekly unemployment benefits, state officials announced Tuesday.

The funds, which are meant to replace the extra $600 in benefits that lapsed in July, will allow the state to provide an additional $300 per week to eligible claimants who are unemployed due to COVID-19.

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This week marks the end of the extra $600 with unemployment claims

By: Lauren Rosenblatt

Barring an extension, this week marks the last time people filing for unemployment compensation will receive an additional $600 with their benefits.

he Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program, part of the federal government’s larger legislative package to provide economic relief amid the COVID-19 pandemic, began providing eligible individuals with an additional $600 to supplement their state unemployment benefits in April and is set to last through the week ending July 25.

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Laid off workers battle outages, jammed phone lines as Pa. unemployment system buckles from coronavirus surge

By Rebecca Moss

HARRISBURG — Each day last week, Shawn McCreary settled into a new and strange routine.

Instead of going to his job in Mechanicsburg as a substitute special education teacher, McCreary picked up the phone and began calling the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s unemployment compensation hotline, hoping to reach anyone who could help him.

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