Unemployment work search requirements to resume in July

With vaccines now readily available and COVID-19 numbers dropping, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry is saying it will soon be time for those on unemployment to start looking for work.

Acting Secretary Jennifer Berrier said the department will be restarting work search requirements for those receiving unemployment the week of July 11.

That means individuals on unemployment will need to begin certifying that they have looked for work during the previous week on July 18.

“As more Pennsylvanians become vaccinated and our case count continues to decline, workers can more safely return to the workforce,” said Acting Secretary Berrier.

“We have been working with our stakeholder groups and have determined July is the ideal time to reinstate the work search requirement. PA CareerLink locations across the state are ready to provide high quality, individualized assistance to out-of-work Pennsylvanians as more displaced workers begin the work search process.”

The requirement will apply to anyone receiving benefits through unemployment programs in Pennsylvania, including Unemployment Compensation, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

Recipients are also required to accept an offer of suitable work. Individuals are required to keep a log of their work search activities, which is subject to audit.

Approved work search activities include attending a job fair, searching for positions through internet job banks, using an employment agency or networking with professionals in the same field about job opportunities.