Pennsylvania (PA) Department of Labor and Industry – Enhanced Unemployment Benefits – Lost Wages Assistance (LWA), PUA, PEUC and $600 FPUC Back Payments


[Updated] Pennsylvania has now implemented all the enhanced unemployment programs – LWA, PUA, $600 FPUC, PEUC but is still behind in processing new claims and making retroactive payments. This is a known issue as their systems are having several technical glitches and struggling to handle the volume of claims. However the good news, per the comments below, is that the number of new claims being processed has improved and more and more people are seeing some of the enhanced Unemployment benefits

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) manages the states’ unemployment insurance program. See further details below on the newly enhanced benefits available now and how to file a claim. And per the official state unemployment website, they are aware of the ongoing issues people are experiencing when filing claims.

Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program

Pennsylvania has been approved (on August 24th) by FEMA for the $300 weekly payment under the LWA program, which provides supplemental payments to eligible unemployment benefits claimants who have been unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work due to disruptions caused by COVID-19. The L&I department has already begun work on the technology requirements necessary for this program and anticipates being able to deliver funds to eligible claimants starting September 14th (see latest payout date table).

Note – LWA payments are made at the end of each week, meaning you will receive your LWA payments after you
are paid benefit payments for one of the qualifying programs. This will result in your regular benefits and
your LWA benefits being received approximately 1 week apart

There is no application for LWA. Claimants eligible for LWA will automatically receive LWA funds in addition to their weekly benefit amount as long they are eligible for unemployment benefits and unemployed or partially unemployed as a result of COVID-19.

LWA Program Eligibility

  • You must be fully or partially unemployed due to COVID-19, and
  • You must have a weekly benefit rate + dependent allowance totaling $100 or more, and
  • You must receive a payment each week from one of the qualifying programs:
  • Unemployment Compensation
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
  • State Extended Benefits
  • Shared-Work
  • Trade Readjustment Allowances

You will certify only ONCE for the LWA program. Complete your LWA Certification as soon as possible as funds are limited and not guaranteed. The LWA certification will be available when you’re due to file your biweekly claim, or it will be available if you are no longer filing.

Starting Sunday, Sept. 6, individuals should fill out their LWA certification using their UC PIN by selecting “Complete LWA Certification” in the same application used to file biweekly claims.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claimants do not need to apply, you are already certified unemployed due to COVID-19. See more on the PA LWA page.

On Sept. 9, 2020 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) notified L&I that the last week for LWA benefit program is Sept. 5, 2020 due to the fund’s depletion. This is not an L&I decision. No additional payments will be allowed after Sept. 5, 2020.

The new LWA payment would be in addition to Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) payments currently available to unemployed workers. LWA Payments will will be retroactive to week ending August 1, 2020.

The new Lost Wages program however does cut the original extra federal benefit ($600 FPUC) in half since the state cannot afford to boost the benefit by the additional $100 state contribution requested by Trump.

COVID 19 Enhanced Benefits and Payment Issues

Under the CARES act, there are three types of federal unemployment assistance now available:

• Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): expands eligibility for individuals who are typically ineligible for
Unemployment benefits, for example independent contractors, and self-employed and “gig” workers.

​Eligible, approved claimants who have no issues with their claim will receive their very first PUA payment – whether it’s the backdated lump sum payment or a regular weekly payment – within one week or less after filing their first certification. Claimants will receive their regular weekly payments within three business days after filing their weekly certification. Questions about your claims should be emailed to You should expect to receive a response within 7 days. This email address is for PUA questions only. Any emails unrelated to PUA will not receive a response.

• Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC): provides an additional $600 per week, on top of regular benefits. All individuals collecting any type of UC, including PEUC, will receive $600 per week in addition to their weekly benefits as calculated. FPUC payments began the week ending April 4, 2020 and will end July 25, 2020. UC claimants should now be receiving the FPUC payments, which are paid approximately one week after regular UC benefits are paid. Once the PUA Program is making payments, FPUC payments will be made retroactively for any backdated weeks of benefits for weeks ending April 4, 2020 and later. The $600 per week will be separate payments from your bi-weekly benefit. 

• Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC): provides an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who previously collected state or federal unemployment compensation (UC) but exhausted those benefits. PEUC benefits are available to qualified individuals whose regular UC benefits exhausted July 6, 2019 or later; and are unemployed for weeks within the time frame of March 29 through December 26, 2020. Learn more about PEUC in the Pennsylvania PEUC Claimants Brochure (UCP-26) and PEUC FAQs for additional information.

Note – PUA claimants will notice a federally-required change in the weekly claim application for benefits, which was added to Pennsylvania’s PUA application on Friday, June 12. The U.S. Department of Labor requires individuals to certify for each week of PUA benefits claimed that they are unemployed for at least one of the valid COVID-19 reasons that cause their job loss.

Also going forward, recipients of unemployment benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) programs will be transitioned from paying by check to payment by electronic deposits on debit cards. This is to battle fraud and address delays in payments to several recipients. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) is providing debit cards via U.S. Bank ReliaCard, which is a secure, reliable, and prompt method of delivering funds, are being mailed to you at this time. You should expect to receive your card starting from about June 19, 2020, until July 7, 2020. 

Filing a Claim for Regular UI

At this time, only our Internet Initial Application for UC benefits is available.  Click here to continue filing an application for PA UC benefits.

Filing a Claim for PEUC

File for PEUC

Individuals who are currently receiving regular unemployment benefits do NOT need to apply. Once the balance of your benefits is received, you will automatically be enrolled in the PEUC program for the additional 13 weeks of benefits.

Filing an Initial Claim for PUA

Make sure to review the PUA System Guide for helpful information on what to have ready to prepare for registering and filing your initial claim. You’ll also want to collect proof of earnings documents in advance. Click here to File for PUA

You CAN manage everything through your PUA dashboard – check on your claim status, upload documents, see payment information, etc.

Getting Your Unemployment benefit payment

You can receive UC benefit payments either by debit card or direct deposit.

My employer offered me my job back but at reduced hours.  I would make more staying on unemployment.  Can I do this?

​No. If you are offered work by your employer and refuse to accept it, even if it is at reduced hours, and your acceptance is without good cause, you may no longer be eligible for UC. Determining whether there was good cause for a refusal of work is driven by the facts of each claimant’s circumstances. UC staff would review those specific reasons and make determinations based on the facts of their individual cases.

If you do return to work at reduced hours, and this results in a reduced weekly income compared to your weekly income prior to filing for UC, you may be eligible for partial UC plus the $600 FPUC per week.

See more FAQs and Scenarios specific to PA residents here.

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179 thoughts on “Pennsylvania (PA) Department of Labor and Industry – Enhanced Unemployment Benefits – Lost Wages Assistance (LWA), PUA, PEUC and $600 FPUC Back Payments

  1. Hi I Receive regular unemployment in my state PA and I get less then $100 for unemployment every week I file my biweekly claims I was getting PUA and that stopped and everything is in process with PUA I have not got the LWA everyone is talking about I did file the form out on my regular unemployment but that was back on sept 6 and this is the 21st of sept and I have not got no LWA nor my PUA there’s no issue on my PUA claim I just think maybe it’s not for me.

    1. Yes the reason your in processing is because your collecting from PUA and UV thats illegal and fraud. It says right on website claiming for more than 1 program is fraud. You getting 2x the money everytime you claim. You can NOT do this.

  2. Yeah I didn’t receive it have no issues and I’m eligible for the lwa still haven’t got them did any onee se not get there’s

    1. No PA said Thursday and Friday they will be all paid out. I would call if i were you. You made 100 & over weekly? Your on PUA or UC OR PEUC ? That sucks. I really hope and pray you get your money

      1. Do you know a good number to call them at? It seems like it’s really hard to get in contact with someone.

        1. If you can get to your state reps office they will help you I just went there to get my back pay through from March

  3. I haven’t even received my LWA payment yet. I certified for it and I was actually paid 600 already last week on September 9th before they shut it down. It’s Saturday morning and I still haven’t received my lump sum back. Does anyone know why? I collect regular UC.

    1. @Elissa i still haven’t got my payments. I have 3 weeks in progress. I usually file Wednesday and get paid friday. Can you please explain to me. Thanks

    2. I haven’t recieved my lwa payments either not too sure why what’s going on I need this money tho

  4. i got 14 claims in progress i need my stuff to be fixed asap this is crazy soon as the government want they money they want it asap but soon as they owe u you cant get in contact with them smh

    1. 14 claims?? That seems like alot, to many to have at one time in progress how would they even allow so many to be open?? I know you can log in and withdraw claims under your dashboard on PUA. Not sure which your on PUA or regular… But if I was you would contact regular ue or try the chat online and explain u have these claims open want so them canceled and start a whole new one and backdate it or file a new claim like u never have yet and start over an then just start like fnad new and see if that works I know at 1 point I couldn’t get a relia card being in this system from 2015 having a claim back then they ended up going off that and no information was correct or updated or anything and all I did was update my address with relia card and was sent one and as soon as it’s activated money’s there so what exactly is the issue. You have claims open but what??

  5. I notice the people who are getting it are getting different amounts and not the whole 1800 dose anyone know why

    1. Yes. It all depends when u started to claim and they only paid out for 5 and half weeks not a full 6. 1620 would be 5 an half. But because of my claim being opened not till August 2nd. Was only eligible for 4 and half weeks. 1st week started July 26th thru Aug 1st. ..

      1. I only received $1500 of the $1800, (I do not have taxes taken out of my unemployment). Does anyone know why I didn’t receive the sixth weeks’ payment?

        1. Likely due to delays in FEMA approving and releasing funding to PA. They have confirmed payment should be for 6 weeks so your last and final LWA payment should hit your bank account by next week.

    2. No the reason because some people got 1620 including myslef is because we have taxes take out. So when tax time comes you’ll have a 1099 form from unemployment to put in with your taxes. You actually should get 10% taken out. The 1800 people didnt have taces taken out. That is the only reason. 6 full weeks were paid out.

      1. Thank you i forgot all about the taxes being taken out.some some on here wrote that we still receive an extra 300 each week even after the lump some did you hear anything about that

        1. Why have I not still recieved my lwa or my biweekly money what is going on i have the relia card debit card for pua can anyone help me please?

        2. Were you eligible for it? Did you make 100 weekly? If not you don’t get it. If you have issues you also on dashboard then you have to clear them first.

  6. It’s Thursday Sept 17th at 730am and guess what no payment still. Is the benefit pay date the day we are supposed to be basing this 2 day delay off of? I did see comment that a person who gets regular uc said about they had delay by 9 hours last week so atleast now knowing that it means us bank does deposits at anytime was because I’m new to this. Only have been getting pua for 6 weeks so besides the labor day delay I haven’t had any issues.

    1. Me as well man I haven’t recieved my bill weekly claim 195 or I haven’t recieved the extra lump sum from August I dint really understand I need some guidance please I need to find out what’s going on because I have Bill’s and stuff to pay man! Please help I have 4 kids

      1. Do u get it every 2 weeks or paid every week. Cause pua is every week here in pa. Bi weekly would be regular unemployment not PUA. And there was an update that stated they r behind and you should receive by tmrw if not today. But seems everyone got theirs today so far so if u get paid every 2 weeks 195 then ur on reg unemployment and needed to fill out the lwa certificate and certify to apply otherwise your on PUA and don’t and get paid weekly not bi week. And also money can come at any time throughout the day but usually comes early have u received it yet? N when was your last payment?

  7. Sept. 16, 2020 -PUA Payment Delay Notice:
    If you normally receive a PUA payment on Tuesday or Wednesday, please be advised that we are experiencing payment delays due to exceptionally high volumes. You should receive your PUA payments within the next 2 days.


    1. I just seen this. I was trying to share the picture could figure out how to send it. Yea so its 2 days from Tuesday. that means tomorrow

    2. You got to be kidding me????OMG if it’s not one thing it’s another but I hope it’s because we’re getting the extra money but this is crazy I don’t have any cash I borrowed enough thanks for sharing that that explains why I didn’t even get my weekly

      1. No prob. An I know rite by time I get it and pay back what I owe people I’ma be broke haha just hoping it’s cuz they plan on giving us the extra money along with r weekly payment

        1. Yes me to you know it’s a lot of work with this unemployment s*** I get exhausted sometimes fighting with them about my money I worked just about all my life I’m not used to this

        2. Amen..if I get an alert for a deposit and I open and its just the weekly amount im not gonna be happy lol

    3. My biweekly claim is still reading I progress am I gonna get my weekly payment also I still havent heard anything g about the lwa program am I gonna hear something about that? Please write back I need a load of help! Thanks

    4. could anyone tell me why my payrate went from 195 to 412 i have not filed anything or changed anything it did this all on its own and i have not talked to anyone else who has has this happen can someone maybe explain to me what this would happen thank you

      1. They are catching up on wba computations. I read something about that. They may owe you back money as well

    5. My PUA and LWA just posted Pa state
      LWA 1800 -180 taxed 1620.
      Then my regular weekly amount as well

    6. Okay so @elissa I have been waiting to days now I was supposed to get my biweekly on wednesday right but it says on pua website that my biweekly is still IN PROGRESS not sure what that means but I’m becoming really upset and trying to understand what is going on can someone please help me I have 4 kids man need this money I’m struggling hard

      1. @justis ok so is it biweekly or weekly? PUA is weekly bi is regular uc which r you on excatly? And in progress all that says is stating no payment date it’s in progress of one and when did you file claim. Sunday or Monday? N the way it’s working with regular ue is u get the lwa one week after your payment meaning you get payments every 2 weeks so I’m between them 2 you would get the extra payment so when was your last payment as well? Do you have messenger or chat or something be easier to explain n talk that way…

  8. Well it’s Wednesday the 16th and I still have not received the Lwa payment yet and to top that off I didn’t get my regular weekly payment either!!Anyone else having issues?

      1. I haven’t received the lwa payment or my regular weekly payment yet either which I usually get today

        1. Im trying to contact the disbursement place they r the ones that disburse the money to relia card and it’s so hard to connect. I’m on hold and then it take some another automated system message last time I tried for hours relia card said to contact them being there’s no pending money from unemployment in the system but I know people that got theirs after 11am at 1 point

        2. It’s all about when they release the money maybe later today or tomarrow but we still don’t know of we are just getting the weekly payment or thr lwa too everything is a waiting game with them.

        3. Which is BS because they had no problems yesterday sending UC their payments now PUA don’t get shit. UC had to apply we didn’t. I just find that weird

    1. Yes I didn’t get mine regular payment this morning either. It normally hits my card at 5 am but nothing this morning

      1. Me either! Thought by 11am it be here I know in past people got It late. But seems regular unemployment people received thier money but not pua people. Did you get it yet?

      2. So does anyone have like open issues that makes your payday icon in progress or does it says completed?

    2. Yes Michael and the 4 others below his comment. Thousands of us PUA recipients havent received regular pay and LWA payments. Maybe throughout the day. People say its on PUA part not reliacard. So if someone gets theirs please post here. Goes for all PUA people on here.

      1. Sept. 16, 2020 -PUA Payment Delay Notice:
        If you normally receive a PUA payment on Tuesday or Wednesday, please be advised that we are experiencing payment delays due to exceptionally high volumes. You should receive your PUA payments within the next 2 days.
        Found this… On the uc. Pa. Gov website under pua section update news part was painted today. Bullshit lol. So they can give reg uc out but not us. Mus have something to do with maybe trying to give the extra money along with payments at same time?

        1. I just got word from a friend that there lump some of 1800 just hit….like 15 minutes ago… but mine is still not there.

        2. I just got mine deposited at 7:40 this morning. A total of 800$ …hope everyone starts seeing there’s soon!

        3. Yes its coming. 1620 taxes taken out and WBA. But it came 730am. It’ll come. Everyone posting all different. Eva came after for alot.

        4. Me and two other people I know of got their money and it was $1,800 today Thursday 8:30 a.m.

        5. Hey Justin, yeah just checked mine it’s jus hit my account now so you should be getting yours

        6. Ya same here they r only paying out for few weeks and then should be 300 a week after that for next 3 weeks if eligible

      2. Hi Brittany. I received my payment about an hour ago along with the extra money. Hope this helps

    3. Same here! No regular Pua payment or LWA. Not sure what’s going on….my neighbor also gets PUA and they didnt recieve theirs either.

      1. Does anyone know if we are getting lwa payments when we get our regular weekly payments this week


    4. Typically my weekly pua from pa is deposited early in the morning, but haven’t gotten anything yet.

    5. Same here! Still no back payment going all the way back to March! No one responses! U call the phone number n you get a different answer everytime.u ask to speak to supervisor I get told they will call u back! Absolutely ridiculous!

    6. I live in PA and I am on PUA and I haven’t got my regular payment or the back dated LWA payments either and it’s not normal for me not to get paid my 195 a week by this time now so I’m not sure what’s going on

      1. Sept. 16, 2020 -PUA Payment Delay Notice:
        If you normally receive a PUA payment on Tuesday or Wednesday, please be advised that we are experiencing payment delays due to exceptionally high volumes. You should receive your PUA payments within the next 2 days.

        Found this online under uc. Pa. Gov website updated news today under pua section

    7. I didn’t get mine on my card yet my weekly and I talked to a up operator and she said nobody has gotten their back pay yet two days ago I don’t know what’s going on I usually have my weekly though by now it was processed and the dates and all are done but I didn’t receive it yet

      1. Sept. 16, 2020 -PUA Payment Delay Notice:
        If you normally receive a PUA payment on Tuesday or Wednesday, please be advised that we are experiencing payment delays due to exceptionally high volumes. You should receive your PUA payments within the next 2 days.

    1. Ya i usually gey my paymwnt at like 630 on wednesday morning! I hope its a hold up because we are gna get this extra cash today.

    2. Nobody on PUA got anything not even regular weekly benefit was paid out did you get your regular weekly payment??

  9. I know they say pua will pay one week apart from regular weekly payments but if they started paying out 9/14 are they counting the week before that as the week apart or this week we are getting ready to have to claim ? will it show up on your pua dash board im wondering if it will show like the 600 did

  10. Has anyone on PUA received the lwa payment yet?? I see some people are receiving these payments but not on person from pua ? Why is that?? Thought would have gotten it today. Saw people day a week after filing but we file evry week not evry 2. And cant seem to find anywhere with any updated news on when or anything of receive it.

    1. I think we get paid tomorrow for PUA they filed every 2 weeks thats why they got theirs seperate from us. So tomorrow is PUA which is weekly and also UC only got 1500 today because they a week behind us. Well get 1600 tomorrow I think. Thats from just experience of what I been seeing TODAY

    1. Hey you said your LWA got deposited? Are you on PUA or regular UC?? I have seen alot UC get the 1500 not 1800 and not 1 PUA yet

      1. I still havent gotten mines im on pua also my pua portal still says in progress so im guessing they might just send the funds to relia cards automatically hopefully lol..

  11. Did anyone receive there 1500 for the back weeks for LWA today? I get over $100 a week and qualify but didnt receive money today, it even took a lot longer for them to even process my regular weekly claim today, its usually done n processed by 9:30am, but didnt go through til about 5ish

  12. Had anyone in PA received their LWA back payment yet? They said today and I still haven’t received anything. Like I’m thinking maybe I didnt qualify, but I’m looking at the requirements and I meet all of them so what going on? Haven’t we waited long enough and they still wanna take there sweet times.

    1. If you’re not on PUA, you will NOT get the payment automatically – You have to apply for the LWA benefits. If you’re on PUA, you should receive the additional $300 within a week AFTER filing your regular weekly claim.

      1. So u mean I filed this Monday so won’t get my check till next Monday and I’m on pua

    2. Hi I received 1500 yesterday uc I’m bi weekly I received my regular payment today I live in pa. Hope it helps.

      1. Hello what time did you get the 1500 for LWA yesterday and when did you receive the regular payment today

  13. Has anyone received the lwa payments yet? They say September 14th we would receive them but from what I have seen none has received anything yet…

    1. Have not seen them yet either. I think it’ll take a few days to hit the debit card. good luck to you, hoping for the best. Maybe Wednesday or later. I’m just guessing. I’m on PUA .

    2. Never got anything either im still processing everytime i file i was thinking they would update the portal to complete all the processing claims but nope

    3. Nope. It’ll be Tuesday or Wednesday. The website clearly states earliest is the 14th. I don’t know why it said anything about the 10th of september.

  14. RO: Lmao “HUBBY” really bothered that weirdo thanks for brightening my day! Seriously on such a difficult/important topic with many unfortunate issues the word “HUBBY” stole his focus/attention and demanded a response mainly on that. Wow people can be “CREEPS” Intimate bahahaha its not like you said my “Big Daddy” in reference to your husband/hubby lol
    -Gigi Capone

  15. When r we supposed to receive our 300 dollars a week for our back pay from August?

  16. So when exactly are we supposed to start getting the $300 extra? I’ve seen PA Is paying on the 10th but also seeing the 14th of September… I self certified last Sunday, got my regular tiny UC payment that gets me a tank of gas and some peanut butter and bread, and really really need that promised $$ ASAP like everyone else and need to know how to plan

      1. my brother gets over $100 and still didnt receive the additional $300 and today is the 12th. does this mean he wont get it?

        1. They are backlogged. They’re trying to fix all of the systems glitches. Supposedly they’ll start paying the extra $300 dollars backdated from August 1st 2020 to September 5th 2020. Starting tomorrow on September 14, 2020 or 1 week afterwards. We’ll receive a lump sum check for $1500.00 to $1800.00 as long as you don’t have any outstanding issues with your PUA OR UC Claim? That lump sum will be paid separately from the regular benefit amount you receive now. It will be uploaded onto the ReliaCard if you have that as your method of payment. Or you’ll be mailed a physical Check in the amount of the past due weeks owed as mentioned above. In my claim they sent me a message within the PA PUA portal I use weekly to claim. However they only had confirmed that I qualify for the LWA, yet only showed three of the 5 weeks on it?
          August 1, 2020
          August 8, 2020
          August 15, 2020
          ? I believe it was because the glitches as well as there wasn’t any room left for them to put the other dates down under those first three weeks? I’ve only been unemployed as a direct result of the pandemic. Because we were forced to close and still are. I didn’t have enough time or money to qualify for regular UC. So they told me to apply for the PUA and I was accepted. However I only qualified for the minimum (WBA) which I am Truly thankful for. However I don’t know anyone who’s able to survive off of $195.00 a week when rent alone is $500 a month, not including any of the other mandatory bills I have. Such as Food, Phone(For Emergency & Possible potential employment opportunities), etc. I’ll be homeless as of October 9th 2020 if this LWA doesn’t come before then? God Bless You and Your Family. I Sincerely understand your concern and wish You Only the Best outcome possible.

  17. So are the backpay payments for LWA starting tomorrow Sept. 10th or Monday Sept. 14th? This is the first I am seeing that payments will start earlier than next Monday. Also, does anyone know if everyone will get the back pay on that date or will it be a whole process like the $1,200 stimulus had been?
    And what day each week will LWA payments be made? When we were receiving the extra $600/wk it was a separate deposit but was made same date and time as our regular benefits payments? I don’t understand why it is so hard for PA L&I to give a straight answer instead of such vague details on what to expect! Thanks to anyone that is able to help answer any or all of these questions!!

  18. They removed the back pay option from the drop down so I couldn’t file for mine I’m receiving my weekly claim but have not gotten or heard anything about the back pay can anyone help me with this

    1. You have to email the PUA for them to open your claim up. Look on your dashboard for the email address. It’s listed under the number issues. It’s number 3. It starts with Ucpua. There’s specific information on your dashboard how they want the email.

      1. I went to my state reps office they were able to help me with my stuff and they sent my information in to their connection to get my back pay from March – July

  19. I just received my back pay of unemployment on Tuesday but not the extra 600$ They owe me since June does anyone know if that comes a week later or any info on this

  20. my claim is pua and i collected for 11 weeks then the last five been under review in progress how do i fix this it makes no sence and pua hasnt contacted me or responded to me

    1. I have been experiencing the same thing! I have not received my last 4 weeks in payment and my status says “in progress”. I have tried to contact every phone number, email and live chat with NO success! Getting very frustrated. Not sure where to turn to get some answers

    2. I haven’t recived 29 weeks been filing since 2/2/2020 any tips the numbs dont work and the live chat aint working.

  21. Is anyone on here currently receiving their PUA amount through direct deposit and not by debit card? The website insisted that they no longer do direct deposit but yet they have a direct deposit option.

    1. I selected direct deposit but received an email from reliacard that I’ll be receiving a card in the mail. I got my first payment via physical check.

  22. I filed a regular uc claim and back dated to 3 weeks prior. My claim says processed and i filed my first bi weekly claim. However it did not allow me to file for the 3 previous weeks prior to my application not even for the week in which i initally applied. It only let me apply for the two week period after my claim was filed. Why is it not allowing me retroactive weeks? And what do I need to do to fix this? I know many people are having issues even contacting the unemployment office and actually reaching someone…

  23. I know the unemployment systems are stressed throughout the US but here in PA it is so hard to keep your head up. It states that when you file a PUA claim for the first time, the date you enter as last day worked will put you in the category of having backdated payments. Then others say you have to file for each week individually which takes about 30 minutes. Well, the backdate button is no longer available in PA. You have to download a form to withdraw your application. This doesn’t help a person who is homeless, without access to the internet which is posting information from two months ago and the ways to contact the DOL is also overwhelmed. You never get a response.

    1. The more complicated it is the more people they believe will give up, or just wont be able to complete the process. I applied in February, and JUST got a payment today (August 21st) due to NEVER being able to reach someone, having to fight an employer, not filing something out correctly, not getting responses, an overwhelmed system, the u.e. offices being closed! And to top it off I didnt receive NO retroactive pays for the extra $600 a week! So now I have to call back for that! YOU just have to keep trying. It’s practically like a job to get your unemployment! The one day I redialed the U.C. service center # 54 times and still NEVER got thru that day… ‍♀️, what are ya gonna do.

      1. I went through the same exact thing you did but you have to keep after them and at the time they were only allowed to do so much for your case before it had to be looked over by the head guy now they have more access to your dashboard so if you get a hold of them what they’ll do is they’ll do it manually I don’t think they were able to do it manually before I mean some stuff they were able to but they didn’t have access to a lot more because they had to send it through the head person but now so just keep trying to get a hold of them and when you do don’t hang up with them until they go in and do it manually and you’ll get it quicker and they’re having trouble with people eye correction if a couple of people in your household are applying for it they do red flag somebody in that household it happened to me and it was me of course but I got it straightened out you have to send them three types of identification and then it would get the ball rolling but make sure you get in touch with somebody they will do it manually trust me it’s very stressing because I’ve had to deal with it for a month but I’m doing okay now she’ll just get in touch with somebody and to stay on the phone till they do it manually and you’ll be fine

  24. I just realized that My weekly amount is less than I should be receiving. What should I do to get my weekly amount raised and to get back pay for each week for the difference in the amount?

  25. I still haven’t received any additional $600 yet. I do get my regular Unemployment Benefit every week as of April 13, 2020. Do I have to do anything to receive the FPUC $600?

  26. I didnt know that I was able to file for pua untill July 26. I just filed my first weekly certification but there is no option to backdate.

      1. Here in PA, you have to send an email requesting to be backdated. I had to do this on August 11. Still waiting on a response…

        1. I’m in PA and I didn’t have to send in any email to anyone. A week or so later after I filed I got 2 separate checks for backpay

  27. How do you see or find your backdate I don’t believe I was ever given a option to claim a end date. With that being said how can I make a back date or get it reset to a date. So another thing Say my max benefit is 7,500 and I get 2,500 first from the bi weekly claim on my card. The remainder 5,000 is the stimulus amount which is that lump sum were all waiting for. The thing is my max benefit is 7,600 I became accepted pua & have done two bi weekly claims. I Called the hotline and explained I never had the option to backdate so they said they would do it to when I was laid off. The next day it appeared on my claim but only x amount of days which would be the remainder of the stimulus pay I I would receive it. So am I getting the max benefit claimed at 7,600 and unable to get the remainder of days up until I was laid of.?

  28. I am a gig worker and didn’t know until recently that I was eligible for pua. Can I get back dated money & how?

    1. Yes. First apply regular unemployment (put your last worked or job loss date back to when you stopped working). The PA DOL will send you a letter denying your regular UI and how to then apply for PuA. Follow those instructions and you will get back pay.

      1. Hi I’m in PA and I started my claim on 7/13 and put March as the start date do you know why I can’t file the back weeks? I have heard from a few people it won’t let them file the back weeks. I try to call and email no luck

        Thank you

        1. You have to log into your pua and file for all the back weeks one at a time. They need to know what you made in all those weeks. It will take about 30min to complete it all. Everything will say in progress until they verify everything

        2. It won’t allow me to file the back weeks. It only lets me do a week at a time.

        3. Thank you but the back date option is not available online it only lets you do one week. I can’t get through to the number.

      2. I started receiving benefits around June 8th. they gave me the back pay and then continued to give me weekly benefits up to July 11th. Since then I have received nothing. It just says in progress. I’ve emailed them 3 times, but all they have done is send me an ID#, and then it says to go to the left of the PUA dashboard and click on the my staff resources/guest search ID. the problem with that is it’s nowhere to be found it isn’t even in any drop down menus. This is becoming extremely frustrating! also I don’t know if this holds water but, I’ve talked to 10 other people who are having the same issue and the only thing we have in common is that one of the last two digits is a even number. eight of them have their last number even the other two it is the 2nd to last number is even.

        1. Similar situation. I was reviving benefits.. now it’s been 5 weeks with no benefits. With in progress next to each week. Impossible to get through on any 800 number I’ve found. But i haven’t gotten any response to my emails I’ve sent. WTH. On top of it my reliacard they insisted on sending stopped working with the funds i actually did receive. How do we get any help or answers who do we contact?

        2. Yes, I have the same thing going on for the last 5 payments “in progress” with no payment. This is after I received 21 weeks with no problem. I’m surprised they responded to you at all. I did upload my identity information and and sent to e-verify but to date I have had no response.

          Please let us now if anything changes.

        3. I’m having the same issue, I’ve received payments for 19 weeks and now this is the 3rd week of no payments. It says” in progress”, no response to emails, busy signal every time I call, dashboard says “Active” , no explanation anywhere…has anyone heard what is going on if nothing has changed in your claim?

        4. I currently am in the same situation. I am on hold right now with Pua trying to figure this out. Been listening to music for 30 mins now. I had a message the same as you. My staff resources/ guest search. WHERE IS THAT? I’m 5 weeks out with (in progress) showing. Sooo frustrating.

        5. I think what your looking or if filing as PUA would be under the section services for individuals.. there is a section you can search for certain assistance people or search certain things. So I believe when they stated to the left of dashboard, it’s actually at the top o page after you log in, or at the very bottom. Or before you log in, click the file for weekly benefit and them it bring up a page that will state use as guest access . Can click the guest access or possibly be a part there you can enter your id#.. I’m sure 1 of them 2 ways is what your looking for. If you have not found it already :)

  29. Sorry to follow up when I am claiming my weeks it says the total amount paid out is 0 and that the claim is in progress can somebody please tell me what that means thank you

    1. That’s what mine is saying then I pressed the number one where it says on the side of the unemployment and it shows you what the reason is mine is something with the UC benefits because I was getting regular unemployment the year ago and they have to do investigate and I guess but and I think I was told they are investigating fried as well that is what I was told I called my local politician and they’re going to look into it for me and see what’s going on because I really need my money and the systems are backed up so they’re malfunctioning I’m guessing

  30. Hello my name is Tina Denise I found for PUA July 19 I got an approval letter by email I have been claiming weeks and everything has been fine but all of a sudden an open issue popped up on my dashboard but at the same time my debit card says it is coming can somebody please clear this up for me because I’m losing my mind thank you

    1. What does the open issue on your dashboard exactly state?? And as long as your money is coming to reliad card then everything should be fine… I know on some claims it will say unresolved issues and all that is, is stating that I read is the unemployment didn’t receive nessasary documents needed . Like if needed sometimes copy’s of proof o identity may be needed being the fraud was happening sometimes they need to verify certain things , 1 point I had a claim on 2015 when reapplying this year they went off all m info from 2015 never sent me a card or went off anything I put down when applying. So my address my phone number and many things were wrong and I had to go call and update and fax over to verify myself . So depending on wat the open issue states is what you need to do if anything at all, being relia card is sending money. Reliacard gets the money from the treasury disbursement department, so if they have your information correct and no issues then therefore your okay


  32. Can anyone tell me how long after you receive fraud because of your bank account. How long does it take to start receiving payments? I talked to several reps and they told me to wait for correspondence . That was 3 days AGO! so I sent a copy of my birth certificate and my ss Card, bank statement ID and chime info as well as my new bank account info under the fraud upload documents. I went ahead and did that before I received a correspondence. (spelled wrong) but can someone tell me how long this whole process will take. I applied July 1st got a email telling me I was eligible is that mu approval letter? I’m new to this an need a little advice please.

  33. I was laid off the first Time March March 15th. I received the benefits right away by the end of March to the beginning of April I was home until the beginning of June I am a waitress my boss called the whole staff back not knowing the business. when I was first hired I told her about a weekend in June being my son was turning 18 graduating high school and leaving for the armed services so when I got called back I reminded her of that weekend I took the weekend off to spend with my kids and my son before he left my normal day off was a Monday I woke up that Monday from returning away to a text message from my boss at 7 a.m. telling me she no longer needs my services my unemployment was cut off and the 600 pandemic money the minute she called us back I am now 9 weeks without one penny of help and they also emptied my food stamp card at the end of the three months I am about ready to lose everything all my bills told me that I was not eligible for deferred payments or lower interest rates because I didn’t apply for help in March when I didn’t need it I did have a little bit of a savings I went through that show in June when I was called back the $120 I received for unemployment a week and the 540 that I received after taxes for the 600 I was just making my bills 2 then my boss firing me and I live in Pennsylvania where there is a no-fault state. So right now I am 9 weeks without a penny I am back in rent all my bills are behind and I have no food stamps to feed myself or my kids but because my kids are dependents on their dad I can’t get any help for them. I don’t know what to do I am going to lose my whole life because of the government I cry myself to bed every single night and I almost killed myself I don’t know what to do I’m at the end of my rope being a waitress all restaurants are down to 25% so every restaurant is saying they’re hiring but they’re only accepting applications for when they reopen if anyone can lead me to help please I would really appreciate it desperately desperately help need for help!!!!!

  34. Well all I want to know is what are we going to receive now that the $600 is over I have bills to pay rent to pay. I can’t work yet. I am so stressed out anyone know anything about this.

    1. Hi Brandi if you are talking about no longer getting the 600.00 extra given from April til July you will continue to get the normal weekly amount.Example If u we’re getting 600 awk for regular unemployment plus the 600 a WK stimulus.U will still automatically get ur normal 600 a WK.Hope this helps so make sure to file ur weekly claim

  35. I been receiving my benefits since March and this week haven’t received any since I worked only 33 hours last week. I have not received the last $600 or the state and my wife haven’t received any thing since March. We use the same email account and debt card maybe that may be a problem? Can’t get intounch with anyone. I don’t know what else to do.

  36. I filed for (PA) pua on 6/9. The claim status states I was issued a payment on 6/13 for benefits backdated to 2/2 for which I was genuinely grateful as I was unaware I would be entitled to benefits since I am not eligible for regular unemployment. I had requested direct deposit but apparently due to ridiculous amounts of fraud, payments were no longer being directly deposited but checks were being issued as well as debit cards. My fiancé never rec’d a check or his debit card. But then got a message from the bank for the debit card that there was unusual activity on his card. The card he never rec’d. The card had clearly been stolen and used for thousands. I am of the unfortunate belief that my payment for lump sum has also been stolen. I rec’d a check for $540 and a debit card with a payment of $715. Clearly impossible to get through to anyone to ask to clarify if check was issued to me, when, and where it was cashed or deposited. I have sent emails explaining this possible theft. I have left messages for the treasury dept. No one has gotten back to my fiancé regarding his theft. It seems to me that the only fraud they are concerned with is the fraud against them. If my deposit would have been made as I had requested, I would have my payment. My understanding is that the direct deposit was stopped because individuals were using information and claims were being made on behalf of people that did not make a claim. The solution to that problem is a lot easier to resolve than my current problem especially with no way to get a response from anyone and no one to get in touch with. Oh, and since those 2 payments I actually rec’d, my claim is now under review and not being paid with no explanation on the dashboard. And I am not being contacted to clarify any possible issue. I have also sent messages to this supposed email address asking if it was because of my stolen payment or if there was an issue but the email that they supposedly respond to within a week has not been responded to in close to a month and my initial emails have gone ignored for well over a month. I am grateful to have been able to get ANY payment however, disgusted that whoever stole from my fiancé and I will never be caught due to this handling or lack thereof!

  37. Been unemployed since March 28. I filed for PUA and got approved on may 26th. I have gotten only a total of 4 weeks of the state and fed money. I am still missing over 8 weeks of Retroactive weeks. Everyone I know that has been laid off and accepted have gotten all the retroactive money and the current state and federal money every week. I can’t figure out while I’m getting all new payments but the back dated 9 weeks are so are just forgotten about….

      1. (From Official site) Eligible, approved claimants who have no issues with their claim will receive their very first PUA payment – whether it’s the backdated lump sum payment or a regular weekly payment – within one week or less after filing their first certification.

        What should I do if I have a question about my claim? How can I reach the PUA staff?

        ​This new website detects error messages or other issues and automatically alerts a member of the PUA team. Once this occurs, our team members will work to resolve the issue and the outcome will be available on that claimant’s PUA website dashboard. Claimants experiencing any errors or issues while filing their weekly certifications should not immediately try to contact the PUA team or open a new claim, but rather should keep a close eye on their dashboard for a message/update.

        Currently, questions about your claims should be emailed to You should expect to receive a response within 7 days. This email address is for PUA questions only. Any emails unrelated to PUA will not receive a response.

        A new phone line will be available soon as well

        1. I never even got to apply for my back payments I didn’t know how and now that I’m trying to get ahold of somebody I can’t the number that they have is doesn’t work at all I’ve been trying for two three months now and nobody is answering me nobody’s answering my emails nobody’s answering nothing I didn’t get my unemployment this week it says it’s in progress there’s no there’s shouldn’t be no issues nothing changed at all I haven’t worked since 2018 it’s there’s proof there I don’t know what the holdup is but like I said all the young kids that haven’t worked a day in their life and all the drug addicts they all got their money they got back money and they’re getting money I worked 33 years of my life I can’t work because of all that’s going on and I only got five weeks I’m in a situation I don’t have a car I just don’t understand all this it’s not fair I’m struggling and now I’ll be struggling again because I didn’t get nothing I’m trying so hard to understand system but it’s not that easy

        2. well I have tried everything I can possibly try to get ahold of someone to help me I am without a job I need a vehicle I’ve been waiting for my back pain can’t get it something about investigating wage attached something-or-other I have not worked in a long time I can’t work because of this going on here I don’t have a vehicle I have worked 33 years of my life and I am fighting and I mean fighting to get this money to survive well excuse me but I’m going to be truthful here they drug addicts drug dealers and the young people that have not worked a day in her life as walking around with pocket full of money I’ve worked all my life and here I sit with hardly anything because I can’t get ahold of anybody nothing on the dashboard is any helpful phone numbers are not helpful you can’t get ahold of anybody or anything I’m at my Wit’s end as well I wish somebody would get something straightened out here and now it’s the end of July it’s ending and I’m still broke don’t have a vehicle and don’t know what I’m going to do

        3. My online pua account was hacked amd my username,password,security questions and 4 digit pin to file my weekly claims wear all changed….what do i do to get my account back so yhay i can receive my weekly benefits,its been a terrible struggle without any of my payments and I’ve tried email and phone numbers with no help r success getting in contact with anyone and i desperately need my benifits i am greatly sick with no financial help?

        4. I’ve emailed that email address and still have no response back I emailed back on August 22nd and yes it states a response in 7 days but I have got no reply back yet from them. And I emailed because your not bale to call and get thru. So when and even tho it states they will return email they don’t

      2. I need to know what’s going on with my pandemic unemployment I requested a backdate and stay calling I need my money now

        1. Keep calling themwhen you get them on the phone you tell them you want it done manually make sure you have your photo ID driver’s license social security card and possibly a bank statement to verify it’s you they will do it manually it happened to me right now they have more access than they did before or just drive to your local or the unemployment office go right to their office if you can

    1. I applied for pua as well and the option are to file for the back pay was there but I didn’t quite understand it so I didn’t do it I was afraid I messed things up then I start receiving the regular payments but it seems like they’re always messing with me and I depend on that I work 33 years of my life and I didn’t get my brakes rub pay I didn’t even get to apply for it and everybody around me that hasn’t worked a day in the life has gotten everything and I worked 33 years of my life and I can’t get it I’m very disturbed about this and now my weekly benefit is in progress and I didn’t get it yet I don’t understand what is going on but I’m right here with you and I don’t know how to go about filling out the necessary paperwork to get my back-pay there is no options anymore and nobody’s will respond to my emails for my phone calls they say about the number but the number does not work nobody can get it so I don’t know what’s going on either

      1. To do any type o backpawnt youhav etosend email if your on PUA its on your dashboard on main page under clearing like 261 issue thing there’s like a 3 page to that part the 3rd one explains how to request backdate. You have to send an email to them with certain information and explain reason of backdating along with covid reason if you can’t find it I can copy and paste it for you. Just let me know

  38. I applied for unemployment on March 15-2020 and I got my first payment On may 20-2020 . But I didn’t get my retro payments from when I started my claim.

  39. I applied for benefits or may 24th on june 22nd i got 1 direct deposit for $4 and 8 hours later got another direct deposit of $540 this dont seem right from 5/24 to 6/22. In the past 2 days between myself and 2 other family members we have called 8,000 times total and get busy signal every time.

  40. I still haven’t received the additional $600. I get my regular Unemployment Benefit every week, but I still haven’t received the $600. Do I have to do anything?

  41. PA Unemployment has dropped the ball…big time. I understand the UC is overwhelmed, most of us are overwhelmed with everything that has gone on. As someone who works two jobs, one self-employed and one W2 this has been even more complicated. My wife is a nurse, my mother is at risk, my child care stopped and my daughters school closed. I made the decision based on those factors to stop my detailing business until we got closer to normalcy. I have lost 70% of my income this quarter. I have been back and forth with UC and PUA and one minute I am eligible and one minute I am not. Telling me that because I still have some income I don’t get anything. I put in two applications for PUA because one was wrong, I called them and said they needed to delete it and their solution was to go apply for UC. In the meantime, they deleted the wrong PUA account and sent me $5500 from it yesterday…$5500 from a claim that doesn’t exist. I have calls into the state rep. Hows your UC/PUA claim going?

    1. we first filed at the end of March when hubby’s employer shut down because of COVID-19. we got everything rt away. two state unemployment checks and a DD of 1080 for the two weeks of fed and state UC. all in a very timely manner. BUT, after his employer got the PPP loan we cancelled everything as hubby was put back on payroll with regular pay. since that was never extended after June 14th. we had to go back on uc because we are client driven and people are too afraid to travel. also, the company is subsidized by Penndot. Penndot is out of money because the feds are not funding the states. so far we received every state unemployment check we applied for every week. so in my opinion the state is doing a great job. what we haven’t got was the federal unemployment checks of 600 each. i gotta wonder if the feds are dropping the ball? my husband makes more money working than collecting. feds need to fund our state so we can start working again.

    2. we first filed at the end of March when hubby’s employer shut down because of COVID-19. we got everything rt away. two state unemployment checks and a DD of 1080 for the two weeks of fed and state UC. all in a very timely manner. BUT, after his employer got the PPP loan we cancelled everything as hubby was put back on payroll with regular pay. since that was never extended after June 14th. we had to go back on uc because we are client driven and people are too afraid to travel. also, the company is subsidized by Penndot. Penndot is out of money because the feds are not funding the states. so far we received every state unemployment check we applied for every week. so in my opinion the state is doing a great job. what we haven’t got was the federal unemployment checks of 600 each. i gotta wonder if the feds are dropping the ball? my husband makes more money working than collecting. feds need to fund our state so we can start working again.

      1. Could you please not use the term “hubby” when discussing general life matters with strangers? It is too intimate for common discourse with others. Its kinda creepy! Conjures images other people don’t want to experience.

        1. well, after discussing it with my hubby. we came to the conclusion that anyone who considers the word’ HUBBY’ intimate has some serious mental issues and are probably perverted. especially if they are conjuring up images that are, shall we say…. creepy

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