Unemployment to Run Out for 300,000 in Central Pennsylvania

PA DOL released numbers on Wednesday. Pennsylvania’s unemployment hits 600,000. If you were injured at work, you may have been told to collect unemployment insurance instead of workers’ compensation. You can apply for both. Unemployment is now scheduled to run out after 99 weeks as it currently stands. Workers compensation is a potential lifetime, untaxed, benefit. Unlike unemployment, workers’ compensation also potentially provides lifetime medical and prescription medicine coverage. If you had restrictions from a work injury at time of lay off or have restrictions now, you should call a Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation attorney to see if you qualify for a workers’ compensation claim or to have your workers’ compensation benefits reinstated due to layoff.

Before the recession unemployment checks expired after 26 weeks. Now, the unemployed get checks for 99 weeks.

Even with the extensions, if benefits are not extended again, 300,000 Pennsylvanians will lose their compensation by April 2011. Of those, 157,000 would lose them by the end of the year.

Here’s a look at a breakdown for the Susquehanna Valley. These numbers show how many people will lose their unemployment benefits by the end of the year if the current 99-week standard remains:

  • Adams County: 600
  • Berks County: 5,281
  • Cumberland County: 1,343
  • Dauphin County: 2,456
  • Franklin County: 1,110
  • Lancaster County: 3,615
  • Lebanon County: 881
  • Mifflin County: 600
  • Perry County: 415
  • York County: 3,429