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Old 04-18-2011, 12:57 PM
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Hi all. Hoping someone understands the PA unemployment system and might be able to help.

My husband received unemployment in December/January for a few weeks while he was laid off - the benefit was based on his previous job, which only paid $12/hour. Since then, he's been working for between $30-40 an hour (union wage for government), but he's laid off again for a couple weeks at least. We asked if PA could recalculate his benefit based on his increased income, but the woman we spoke to was super nasty and rude and said "Sure, if he wants to pay back all of the money he got back in December and January." She was extremely unhelpful - very frustrating after sitting on hold for 45 minutes to get "help."

Does anyone know if this is really true? We would have to pay back unemployment just to get a recalculation? He only got around $900 in benefits back in Dec/Jan, so it's almost worth it if he's laid off for more than a few weeks, but not really otherwise. And of course we have no idea how long he'll be laid off.

Tried to find the info online, but only could find it for other states (which DO recalculate when they reopen a case). Lucky us, living in wonderful PA.
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