Lives on hold, literally, laid-off in Pennsylvania can’t get jobless benefits

What has Salvato in a tizzy is the near-collapse of Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation system. In mid-December, the state closed three service centers and furloughed 521 workers, or a third of the people who deal with unemployment compensation.

News Story (Pennsylvania)

Jane Von Bergen
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 17, 2017

Tags: Public Benefits, Unemployment Insurance

Organizations mentioned/involved: Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Legal Assistance


The situation is dire for clients of Julia Simon-Mishel, staff attorney at Philadelphia Legal Assistance.

Not only can’t they file claims readily, but many referees who adjudicated contested claims have been laid off. Even people calling to repay an overpayment can’t get through, leaving them vulnerable to fraud charges.