Pennsylvania to resume job search rule for unemployment benefits in July – CBS Philly
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania will resume job search requirements in July for people receiving unemployment compensation, a senior administration official said on Monday. Gov. Tom Wolf’s Acting Secretary of Labor and Industry Jennifer Berrier told a state House of Representatives committee hearing that the requirement will resume on July 18, meaning people claiming unemployed benefits will have to look for work during the previous week.
She also said a job registration requirement will resume in September. The requirements were lifted by Wolf under his emergency disaster authority invoked during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Republicans in the Pennsylvania GOP-controlled legislature pushed Wolf to reinstate the requirements, as employers say they are struggling to find enough workers and blame unemployment benefits which are supplemented by a federal benefit. $ 300 per week in the event of a pandemic.
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According to the Department of Labor and Industry as of mid-May, some 750,000 people in Pennsylvania receiving unemployment benefits through a state or federal program were also receiving the additional $ 300 per week.
The requirement will affect all unemployment programs, including unemployment compensation and its extension, the emergency pandemic unemployment compensation program and the pandemic unemployment assistance program, said the Ministry.
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