Pa. unemployment compensation problems persist

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Posted: Dec 02, 2009 9:54 AM

State officials say problems persist with Pennsylvania's online unemployment compensation filing system.

Department of Labor and Industry spokesman David Smith says the online system crashed Sunday and was operating only "intermittently" on Tuesday. He says with the online system facing troubles, people have been flooding unemployment call centers. He says it's best to wait until after 5 p.m. to phone in. The service center phone lines are staffed from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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The system handles first-time claims and the recurring claims people have to file every two weeks. Anyone who files by the end of the day Wednesday should get paid on Friday.