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People Collecting Unemployment In Pennsylvania Must Now Prove They’re Looking For A Job

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Going to a job fair is one of the ways people recieving unemployment benefits can prove they're looking for work. (file photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)

Going to a job fair is one of the ways people recieving unemployment benefits can prove they’re looking for work. (file photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)

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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) - Pennsylvania has become the last state in the nation to require people receiving unemployment benefits to actively look for a job.

Under a new law that took effect the first of the year, people must register for unemployment search services with the Pennsylvania Careerlink system within 30 days of applying for benefits. Then they must maintain an active registration in a union hiring hall.

If they don’t do that, then they must apply for three jobs each week and do one of several other things each week, according to state Labor and Industry spokesman Christopher Manlove.

“Attend a job fair, look for positions that are posted on the Pennsylvania Careerlink system. You can create or post a resume in the Pennsylvania Careerlink network – when you have a resume there, employers all over the state can see it.”

Other things people can do include taking a civil service or other pre-employment test, utilizing an employment agency or registry, or seeking out colleagues or former co-workers.

You’ll need to keep a record of your job search efforts.

 

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