Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Unemployment rates hit 16 year high, compensation benefits extended

The recently released report from the Department of Labor shows that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate has risen to 7.8%, which is the highest it has been since September of 1992. The number of workers filing for unemployment compensation rose 13,000 to 499,000. While Pennsylvania's unemployment compensation claim figures are not as dire as New Jersey's, 8.3%, or the national rate of 8.5%, they are still bleak enough to qualify the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for Extended Unemployment Benefit coverage which allows residents to qualify for an additional 13 to 46 weeks of unemployment compensation.

It is important that families are ensuring that they are receiving the maximum benefits to cover their needs. If you feel that you have been denied unemployment or workers compensation unfairly, then you should contact our experienced team of lawyers. There are also additional tools available to residents of the Commonwealth who are looking for assistance, or a new beginning. Recently, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has launched a website to assist the unemployed in their job search. Also, Democratic Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania is pushing for a new law that aims to pay community colleges nationwide $1,000 per student to retrain laid-off workers. Casey's bill would set up the Unemployment Tuition Assistance Program as part of the Department of Labor (DOL). People filing for unemployment benefits would be notified that tuition assistance may be available to them, and colleges that volunteer to participate would register with DOL for reimbursement, which Casey says would come from existing funds already allocated to job retraining in the department's budget.

6 comments:

Michael Krumer said...

OUCH! It looks like rough times are ahead. It is good to see people like yourself, and the state setting up resources to help people.

Doug said...

thanks for posting this information

Kip Dynamite said...

the numbers look rough. companies are going to have some tough times ahead.

Cam Barnes said...

the news has to get better.

Crystal Laker said...

You always have the good information about this situation.

ObamaMama said...

I think better days are ahead.