Backdating unemployment

As long as you provide accurate information and do not create a fraudulent claim, the worst thing that can happen is a denial of your claim.

Opening an initial claim requires you to fill out a form online, over the phone, or to return or fax paper documentation of your income from work to your state's unemployment office.

If the agency approves your claim or the government grants an extension that covers the weeks you have already claimed, you will then receive retroactive unemployment compensation for those weeks.

Meet and follow all requirements put forth by your state's agency.

A claim for Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation (UC) benefits can be backdated up to six weeks but the Pennsylvania Code (Pa. On July 9, 2013, the Commonwealth Court issued an opinion clarifying the backdating process.

For example, in the case of Jobseeker's Benefit you must claim on the day that you become eligible and in the case of State Pension (Contributory) you can claim up to 3 months before and 3 months after you reach the age of 66.

You can file online using the Online Claims System at: or call the UI Center and file with a claims specialist.

Do not delay in filing your initial claim application.

In most cases the time limit for making a claim may be extended.

This means you can get your payment back-dated to the time that you became entitled to it or for least six months before you made your claim, whichever is the lower.