Pennsylvania’s unemployment numbers have skyrocketed to 1.1 million since mid-March

Written by on April 7, 2020

Pennsylvania’s unemployment numbers have skyrocketed to 1.1 million since mid-March

By Emily Previti, PA Post

April 7, 2020

More than 1.1 million unemployment claims have been filed in Pennsylvania since the state started rolling out initiatives meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 in mid-March.

PA Post’s Emily Previti reports that’s nearly triple than during the previous three weeks.

The state’s unemployment system has been flooded with claims. 

Filers have found it nearly impossible to get through by phone and could be waiting more than a week to get a response by email.

Even under normal circumstances, claimants wait another two or three weeks for benefits to start.

In response, the state Department of Labor and Industry is extending deadlines so filers receive all the benefits they qualify for.

Personnel will transfer from other state agencies to L&I to help out.

Retired L&I workers are coming back on the job as well, and 100 new staffers will also be brought on board.

State lawmakers are poised to transfer $70 million dollars to L&I to at least partially fund the additional manpower.


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