I think I’ve covered this in my journal but not all in one place?
My state is PA I had three jobs when this started – all W2, 1 full time, 2 part time, one of the part time fairly regular hours, one of them wildly variable. I was furloughed from one part time job (running store), and work completely dried up in the other (pet sitting). I maintained and occasionally increased hours at full time job (vet office) and eventually (like 10 days ago) got a raise.
I applied for unemployment when my hours were eliminated at the running store but before I was officially furloughed – I think that came a week later. I applied March 16th or somewhere right around there. The site was frustrating. It wasn’t unbearably slow, but it was NOT set up for someone with multiple jobs. I first gave it information for running store job. Then it asked if I was still employed elsewhere. I said yes and it prompted information for full time job. There was no way for me to enter information for the 3rd job.
My approval letter and PIN number came the day before the deadline for me to enter it. I was “approved” but have to make under a certain amount each week to qualify for actual benefits. I think it’s somewhere around $440 for me. The problem is I still make that in a typical week at full time job. I was just working an additional 15-20 hours per week most weeks, and I need some of that money to cover expenses (cause debt).
Finally there was a week in mid April where I only worked about 30 hours and came in under the benefits threshold. I qualified for $78 in compensation, which I received about 4-5 days after submitting my income for that two week block on the UA website. The following Monday, I woke up to find 2 $540 deposits in my account – I’m assuming that since I qualified for assistance during a given 2-week period, I also qualified for the extra $600 those weeks. I know I signed up to have taxes withheld, so I’m assuming that’s what the lesser amount is from? Or maybe I didn’t qualify for the whole thing? So I didn’t get any money until about 6 weeks after I first submitted my application, BUT, I received it 4-8 days after submitting my report for a qualifying income week.
In any case, since getting the raise and my hours steadying out to ~38/week and a tiny amount of pet sitting is picking back up, I’m going to figure out how to withdraw from unemployment, because I don’t expect to come under threshold for receiving benefits again, and even if I am not making what I normally would, I am now covering basic expenses.