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Filing for Unemployment in the Lehigh Valley

Unemployment Compensation (UC) provides income support if you lose your job through no fault of your own. If you qualify, you will receive money from the UC fund for a limited time to help you while you look for another job. To be covered by the UC program, you must have worked for an employer who is required by law or elects to pay into the UC fund. All applications are checked thoroughly. Fraud is prosecuted and may result in fines and/or imprisonment or other penalties. To protect yourself, only give complete, accurate and factual information when filing your claim.

For more information, visit the Office of Unemployment Compensation website.

How To File An Unemployment Compensation 

You should file a new claim or reopen an existing claim as soon as you become unemployed or your hours are reduced. Learn more about filing an initial unemployment claim online. You can also begin a live chat Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM.

View a video about how to file a claim on line

Calling Unemployment Compensation Services

UC Service Centers Hours of Operation
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8 AM to 4 PM
No calls are accepted on Wednesday or Friday

Toll Free UC Service Center:

Toll Free TTY (Hearing Impaired):

PA CareerLink® UC Courtesy Phones  (direct line):
Located in PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 11 AM to 3 PM
No calls are accepted on Wednesday or Friday

Pennsylvania Teleclaims (PAT) Hours of Operation:
Sunday 6 AM to 11 PM
Monday through Friday 6 AM to 9 PM
Toll Free PAT: 888-255-4728
PAT gratis en Español: 877-888-8104

Videophone Service for American Sign Language Users:
Wednesday from noon to 4 PM at 717-704-8474

Find A Job — Get Connected with Pennsylvania CareerLink®

UC’s first goal is to help you find a job. To do this, UC works with Pennsylvania CareerLink® to match claimants with available jobs. During the initial claims process, the UC service representative gathers information such as what type of work you are seeking to assist PA CareerLink® in matching your employment needs with available jobs. When one or more job matches are found, you will receive a letter from PA CareerLink® telling you about these and other career opportunities. PA CareerLink® may also send a letter to you offering reemployment services such as workshops or information about special programs.