Feds: Pa. Doesn’t Pay Jobless Benefits on Time

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Federal officials have accused Pennsylvania of “continued failure” in paying first-time unemployment benefits in a timely fashion, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The Philadelphia Inquirer says the U.S. Department of Labor also said the commonwealth has been “trending downward” in efforts to get payments to residents on time.

The newspaper said it obtained the March 29 letter through the Freedom of Information Act.

A state labor department spokeswoman said in an email that such payments are a priority but “sometimes that takes longer than we like.”

But, she said the department had recently issued a mandate “making first payment completion a top priority” and officials are making progress.

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