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June 09, 2021 - Harrisburg, PA

L&I Provides Update on New Unemployment System

The Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Acting Secretary Jennifer Berrier provided an update on Pennsylvania's new Unemployment Compensation (UC) system, which went online yesterday. During the first day, more than 75,000 individuals successfully filed for more than 141,000 claim weeks totaling $59,390,550 in benefits.

"Yesterday was a historic day for Pennsylvania, and while we did have some individuals encounter issues, many individuals were able to file successfully," said Acting Secretary Berrier. "Our team was able to rapidly identify the issues that did occur and get fixes in place within 24 hours of the launch. We're continuing to resolve some smaller issues, but we're in a very good place, especially compared to other states that experienced longstanding issues after their own transition to a modernized UC system. Most importantly, we are on track to get payments into the hands of unemployed Pennsylvanians soon."