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Old 01-05-2012, 08:06 PM
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Hello everyone,

I'm getting laid off this week and was told by my employer that I can collect unemployment since I will be without a job due to lay-offs. I just looked over the unemployment eligibility requirements and I'm extremely concerned that I may not qualify due to the short time of employment.
I graduated from college in May and got this job at the end of July, worked full time for almost 6 month and will be laid off this week. According to the quarter chart on the unemployment website (I'm in PA) I only worked during one qualifying quarter while you have to have income during at least 2 of the quarters and the last 3 months don't count. I'm very scared as I will have no means to support myself while I'm looking for another job. Do they really not take last 4 month into account? I had jobs before just not during my last year in college and this is the first time I'm applying, would that matter at all?
I would really appreciate any input.
Thanks a lot!
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:38 PM
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should be able to, the only problem is you may not be able to collect until 4-5 months later, I dont know if all states are the same, but here I was working close to 6 months and had to wait 4-5 months because UI wasnt paying out benefits yet for that time period.
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:43 PM
Location: Wisconsin
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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.

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Old 01-05-2012, 10:03 PM
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"Refile in April" means, mark your calendar for April 1, 2012, and you do it that day and not a week later.
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