In August, the unemployment rate in Pennsylvania reached 8.6%, which reflects a total of 540,000 Pennsylvanians without jobs. By the end of the year as many as 70,000 Pennsylvanians will exhaust their unemployment benefits. To respond to their needs, I am cosponsoring S. 1699, the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2009. This bill would provide an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits in states, such as Pennsylvania, with unemployment rates at or above 8.5%. Recently, similar legislation overwhelmingly passed in the House of Representatives, and I am hopeful that the Senate too will take quick action on this bill. I encourage you to follow the progress of this bill at THOMAS.gov, legislative information from the Library of Congress.
If you need immediate assistance with applying for unemployment insurance, please contact my Harrisburg office by calling (717) 231-7540 or writing to 22 S. Third Street, Suite 6A, Harrisburg, PA 17101.