Pennsylvania reimposes job search requirements for those receiving unemployment benefits – CBS Pittsburgh


PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – About 750,000 Pennsylvanians receive unemployment benefits.

But soon, these people will have to start looking for work to keep these benefits.

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Normally, the unemployed are required to search and apply for two jobs every week to get these benefits. During the coronavirus pandemic, this requirement was suspended because there were no jobs with millions of layoffs.

But from July 18, almost everyone who is unemployed has to start looking for work again.

With the pandemic easing and many employers complaining that they cannot find workers, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry is reinstating its job search requirements.

“Job search requirements for unemployed people will start again,” PA CareerLink’s Sean Stanbro told KDKA editor Jon Delano on Tuesday.

This job search forces the unemployed to apply for two job offers even if they don’t get them and to engage in one of the following activities every week:

  • Attend a career fair.
  • Look for positions posted on PA CareerLink job banks or the Internet.
  • Create or post a resume to the PA CareerLink system or post a resume to other publishing services.
  • Contact former colleagues or people in similar occupations for information on job opportunities.
  • Use an employment agency, employment register or school placement service.
  • Take a civil service test or other pre-employment tests.
  • Take part in a program or activity offered by the PA CareerLink system.

So what is PA CareerLink?

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“We’re a one-stop-shop for job seekers,” Stanbro said.

Stanbro said staff can help anyone find a job – for free – not only by connecting individuals with thousands of job postings, but also by offering advice on resume writing and interviews.

“We publish a weekly list of these job opportunities in the region. We also provide information on upcoming career fairs, a hiring event, ”Stanbro said.

“We work with UPMC, AHN, Black Knight Security, Amazon, Giant Eagle. There are a lot of companies looking for employees, ”Stanbro said.

As for compliance with these rules, the unemployed self-certify. But you are required to keep an activity log in case the Unemployment Office audits you.

Another suspended requirement – registration to work with PA CareerLink – will resume in September.

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