Unemployment

Unemployed workers and advocates from Pittsburgh and Philadelphia protest more than 300,000 unemployment claims still waiting for review by the state Department of Labor and Industry. The department is launching a massive overhaul of its computer system.
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HARRISBURG — “I feel like I am a sinking ship right now.”

“Next month will be a year that they have been putting me through this.”

“I just need some help, I am about to be homeless.”

courtesy of Kyle Haust

People from many walks of life have lost employment due to COVID-19. This is particularly true of performers and artists who piece together a living from events that have now been cancelled due to the pandemic. WPSU’s Kristine Allen recently spoke with a central Pennsylvania musician who has seen most of his income dry up.

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KYLE HAUST: My name is Kyle Haust, I’m from State College, and I’m 33 years old. And for a living, I play percussion. 

 

The Office of Unemployment Compensation website
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

 

 

Since March 15, Pennsylvania has paid out more than $24 billion in unemployment benefits, according to the state's Department of Labor and Industry. But some central Pennsylvania residents, many of whom were laid off because of coronavirus shutdowns, are eligible for unemployment compensation aren't getting it.