Pennsylvania to Require Proof of Work-Search for Unemployment Benefits Starting in July



PhillyVoice: Hannah Kanik - May 26th, 2021


The hundreds of thousands of Pennyslvanians receiving unemployment benefits will soon have to resume their job search requirements in July.


The change, which also applies to Philadelphians, will begin July 18, which means individuals collecting unemployment benefits will need to start reopening their job search activity from the week before, July 11.


"As more Pennsylvanians become vaccinated and our case count continues to decline, workers can more safely return to the workforce," said Department of Labor & Industry Acting Secretary Jennifer Berrier.


The job search requirement was waived for the past year, after Governor Tom Wolf issued the emergency declaration during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Work registration requirements will start sometime in September, Kevin Lessard, deputy communications director for Mayor Kenney's office, told PhillyVoice.


"While reinstating the work search requirement in the Commonwealth is a nod to things returning to normal, there are still complex factors at play," said H. Patrick Clancy, president and CEO of Philadelphia Works, the city’s local workforce development board. "Philadelphia will get back to work, through aligned training initiatives, strategic workforce investments and employer partners who are engaged in our workforce and understand and value our essential workers."


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