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How Long Do I Have to Work For to Collect Unemployment in Pennsylvania?

There is no minimum amount of time or wages an employer has to meet in order to qualify under unemployment compensation.

To qualify for unemployment insurance in PA:

–  your total base period earnings must be at least $2,718
–  your HQW must be at least $1,688 [which is the same as: you must qualify for the minimum weekly benefit amount (WBA) of $70 → the WBA is computed by multiplying your HQW by 1/25]

–  you must earn at least 37% of your total base period wages outside of the wages you earned in your highest quarter
–  you must have a total of 18 credit weeks within the entire base period – which means you were employed for at least 18 weeks in the base period and earned at least $116 in each of those weeks.

PA offers an extended base period for those who received worker’s compensation during the regular base period. If you qualify, the base period may be extended up to four quarters preceding the date of being injured/disabled. PA does not offer an alternate base period.


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