Some 45,000 Pennsylvanians will continue to receive 13 weeks of emergency jobless benefits from the federal government. Governor Tom Corbett has signed unemployment compensation reform legislation that was required in order to continue the emergency benefits. The measure also ensures that an estimated 90,000 other unemployed Pennsylvanians will qualify for the extra 13 weeks of benefits. The signing came just hours after the Senate passed the legislation. The House approved it Thursday.
The changes are expected to save the state about $117 million by limiting future increases in the maximum weekly payments. Another change requires individuals to actively seek employment as a condition of receiving benefits.