By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – People who applied for unemployment benefits in Pennsylvania on or after August 19th will lose their benefits if they fail to register on a state job-matching website.

The new requirement was mandated by the legislature in 2011 but it was only recently that the state agency that reviews proposed regulations gave final approval.

Sara Goulet, spokeswoman for the state Department of Labor and Industry, says, “It’s one more requirement. I mean it’s not, certainly, the only requirement to receive benefits but it is one way that we feel it keeps it fair for those who need and deserve the benefits and also helps to get people who are unemployed back into the workforce.”

The department has communicated the pending change through mailings and Internet postings over the past year but now it’s happening: you have 30 days after filing to register at or risk losing benefits.

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