Department of Labor and Industry

Just under half a million people are unemployed in Pennsylvania, according to the Department of Labor and Industry. It’s a steep drop from this time last year as people are now getting back to work.

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry announced April 8 that it will overhaul its unemployment compensation system after years of delays. The upgrade comes after a year of record unemployment claims filed due to the pandemic.

Months of frustrations over the Wolf Administration’s handling of unemployment claims is driving lawmakers’ questions for the Department of Labor and Industry.

The state Department of Labor and Industry is implementing extra security measures to a federal program to prevent fraud.

$26 billion in unemployment claims have been delivered since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. But as WLVR’s Hayden Mitman reports, 10 percent of eligible applicants are still waiting.


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