Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary
Jerry Oleksiak said Monday that people who exhaust their regular
unemployment compensation (UC) and federal Pandemic Emergency
Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) may now qualify for 13 additional weeks
of payments through the state’s Unemployment Compensation Extended
Extended Benefits (EB) are additional UC benefits payable to qualified
workers whenever the state’s unemployment rate reaches a certain level
determined by law. The last time the EB program was triggered in
Pennsylvania was 2009.
The current EB period began May 3, but benefits are not payable until an
individual has exhausted PEUC benefits. EB payments will begin with the
week ending July 4, and are payable only for weeks of unemployment
during an EB period.
Important information about the EB program follows and will be sent by
mail to all individuals who potentially qualify for the additional
You may be eligible for EB if:
• You are totally or partially unemployed;
• You have exhausted your regular state benefits on your most recent
UC claim, or your most recent UC benefit year has ended; and
• You have received the maximum amount of PEUC that you were eligible to receive.
If you collect the maximum amount of PEUC that you are eligible to
receive, an EB Notice of Financial Determination will be mailed to you.
• You must complete your weekly EB online certification in order to
claim EB for weeks that you are totally or partially unemployed.
• Each EB online certification corresponds to one specific week, as
indicated on the web form. Individuals who opt to use paper claim forms
should only use the form that is specifically dated for the week of
unemployment you are claiming.
• If you do not receive your Financial Determination within two weeks
after you receive your final PEUC payment, call the UC Service Center
EB Weekly Benefit Amount
• EB weekly benefit payments are the same as regular UC.
• The total amount of EB that you may receive is 50 percent of the
amount of regular UC you were financially eligible to receive on your
most recent claim. Example:
o If you were financially eligible for 26 weeks of regular UC, you may receive up to 13 weeks of EB.
• There is an additional wage test for EB eligibility, so not all individuals will financially qualify.
• EB may only be paid for weeks ending during an EB period.
• If you are entitled to Trade Readjustment Allowances, you may receive fewer weeks of EB.
EB is currently fully federally-funded through the Families First
Coronavirus Response Act, Public Law (Pub. L.) 116-127, specifically
Division D, the Emergency Unemployment Insurance Stabilization and
Access Act of 2020 (EUISAA).