The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry announced April 8 that it will overhaul its unemployment compensation system after years of delays. The upgrade comes after a year of record unemployment claims filed due to the pandemic.

Months of frustrations over the Wolf Administration’s handling of unemployment claims is driving lawmakers’ questions for the Department of Labor and Industry.

More than 400,000 Pennsylvanians are once again able to receive Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, the state Department of Labor announced on Jan. 22.

In the early weeks of the pandemic in the United States, jobless claims across racial and ethnic groups in Pennsylvania were similar. But they soon diverged.
The unemployment rate is still much higher for Black, Latino, and Native American workers. They are also higher for women than men.

Two pandemic unemployment programs are set to expire at the end of this month unless the federal government steps in. Department of Labor and Industry officials say shutting them down will create difficulties for thousands of Pennsylvania workers.


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