An Unemployment Insurance Agenda for Pennsylvania’s Next Governor – Resource Page

On November 29, 2022, during simultaneous press conferences in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Keystone Research Center released a report highlighting the many problems of Pennsylvania’s unemployment system and called on Governor-elect Shapiro to fix the ongoing issues and restore workers’ confidence in the system upon taking office. 

The report shows that problematic technology and staffing cuts under previous administrations led to the fragile system crumbling during the COVID pandemic. While the state managed to pay out $50 billion in benefits during that time, it did so only with great delays and problems that caused additional pain to workers. Today, the volume of unemployment claims has returned to pre-pandemic levels, but issues with timely payments and appeals continue to plague the Commonwealth.

The Report

An Unemployment Insurance Agenda for PA’s Next Governor: Fix What’s Broken and Create a New National Model—a Trampoline and a Repaired Safety Net

The Press Release

Report: PA’s Next Governor Must Fix the State’s Broken Unemployment System to Protect Workers and Economy


Recorded Press Conference, Philadelphia














The Media


Advocates: Shapiro must fix Pa.’s ‘broken’ unemployment system | Wednesday Morning Coffee

Pennsylvania Capital–Star| 11/30/22


Advocates ask Josh Shapiro to fix Pa.’s unemployment system
WESA, Pittsburgh | 11/29/22


Organization Calls on Shapiro to Focus on Fixing ‘Broken’ Unemployment System

Pittsburgh Union Progress| 11/29/22


New report looks at Unemployment Compensation in Pennsylvania | 11/29/22


Keystone Research Center pushes for improvements to Pennsylvania’s unemployment system | 11/29/22