PA resumes work search requirements for unemployment aid

Normally, those on unemployment are required to seek and apply for two jobs each week to get those benefits. During the coronavirus pandemic, that requirement was suspended because there were no jobs with millions laid off.

But beginning July 18, almost everyone on unemployment must start looking for work again.

If you are currently receiving unemployment benefits in Pennsylvania, you will now need to prove to the state Department of Labor & Industry that you are looking for work in order to receive payments.

This “work search requirement” was suspended when the COVID-19 pandemic began and was just reinstated. Most people will have to apply for two jobs and complete a “work search activity,” such as attending a career fair, each  week to continue receiving payments, according to media reports.

That work search requires those on unemployment to apply for two job openings even if they don’t get them and to engage in one of the following activities each week:

  • Attend a job fair.
  • Search positions posted on the PA CareerLink or Internet job banks.
  • Create or post a résumé in the PA CareerLink system or post a résumé in other posting services.
  • Contact former co-workers or individuals in similar occupations to obtain information about employment opportunities.
  • Utilize an employment agency, employment registry or school placement service.
  • Take a civil service test or other pre-employment tests.
  • Participate in a program or activity offered through the PA CareerLink system.