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Work search requirements for Pennsylvanians collecting unemployment resume July 18.

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.

Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry said Wednesday more people are filing for unemployment payments using the new system it rolled out last week.

Pennsylvania’s new unemployment claims system launched June 8, replacing a 40-year-old infrastructure.

This week, Pennsylvania is replacing its 40-year-old unemployment filing process with a new system with the intention of making filing easier and helping untangle a backlog of more than 300,000 claims built up during the pandemic.


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