More than 1.5 million Pennsylvanians file unemployment claims since mid-March

Written by on April 24, 2020

 More than 1.5 million Pennsylvanians file unemployment claims since mid-March

By Emily Previti, PA Post

April 24, 2020

More than one-and-half million Pennsylvanians have submitted unemployment claims since mid-March, when the Wolf Administration started ordering businesses to close to help contain COVID-19.  

PA Post’s Emily Previti reports its second-highest number in the nation, according to the latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor.

To put it in perspective, 23% of the state workforce has submitted claims. 

That’s more, percentage-wise, than all states but Hawaii, Rhode Island, Michigan and Kentucky, according to PA Post’s analysis of the latest federal figures.

Those numbers don’t include self-employed workers in most states, because new systems had to be created specifically for them. 

Pennsylvania launched its claims portal for self-proprietors and gig workers last weekend.

Users reported several issues, but state officials say they’re working to fix them.


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