Many states for years have had alternate methods for qualifying which include wages earned up until the time you file. California - finally - just instituted an alternate method effective in April. It appears from its website PA is still not one of those states using an alternate method, except in cases of work-related injury.
Nonetheless, call PA and request a determination. Ask about alternate methods of calculation. If you are denied, be sure to ask if you can resubmit the claim again in April, at which time your July-December 2011 earnings would be included in the base year.
In the meantime, apply for food stamps, energy and housing assistance, and whatever other assistance PA offers via its Social Services.
Others on this board may know of interim help for you until you can get UE benefits going. Good luck.
Last edited by Ariadne22; 01-05-2012 at 10:10 PM..