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How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits in Philadelphia

If you live in the five-county Philadelphia region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia), you can apply for unemployment compensation online, by phone or in person.

To apply online, fill out the application.
To apply by phone, call (215) 856-6990
To apply in person, go to your local Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry service center. Find your local center by location.

How do I file my bi-weekly unemployment insurance claim?


  • In PA, you’re expected to file claims every two weeks through the PAT telephone service.
  • To access this service, dial the PAT number in your area and follow the instructions.
  • When you call PAT, you’ll need your Social Security Number and your PIN number (which you’ll receive in the mail after you file your initial claim).

PAT numbers in the area include:
Philadelphia Unemployment Compensation Service Center: 1-888-255-4728, for all areas in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Northeast: (215) 560-1978
Philadelphia West: (215) 560-2817

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