PA Unemployment Application System Temporarily Down

By Sam Miller
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry has temporarily closed the application system for unemployment benefits in order to transition to a new and improved system. Weekly filing and new claims will be unavailable until June 8th, which is when the new system comes online. Individuals who are scheduled to file a biweekly claim the week of May 30 to June 5 can file by Wednesday, June 2 to have their claim processed before the system is taken offline. These individuals can also file for these weeks after the new system comes online but the payment date may be later. In order to prevent high traffic from overloading and crashing the system on the 8th, the system will automatically instate a virtual "waiting room" that will place visitors into a queue and allow them into the system when other users have logged off.