Pennsylvania's Troubled Trust Fund

Pennsylvania has maintained dangerously low reserves for years, entering the recession with just three months' worth in its trust fund. The fund went insolvent in March 2009. To shore it up, the state is increasing the average tax on employers from $384 to $432 per worker and reducing benefits by 2.3 percent.

This news application is no longer being updated as of February 3, 2011. The historical data is still accurate.

  Bankrupt and Borrowing: Pennsylvania's unemployment fund is currently bankrupt and Pennsylvania is borrowing from the federal government.

All States

How we did it

We built a formula! For details, check out our Nerd Page.

Take our survey

Help us understand what it’s like to be relying on the unemployment safety net – or to fall through it – by answering a few questions.

Reporting network

Want to be notified when we update this data? Sign up for ProPublica's Reporting Network.

Borrowed Amount Unemployment Rate (November) Net Income (December) Avg. Weekly Benefit % of Unemployed
Receiving Benefits
$3,292.5m 8.1% $-275.6m $345.1 53.0%
National: 9% Rank: 49 of 51 Rank: 8 of 51 Rank: 5 of 51

Unemployment Reserves (millions)

Reporters: You are free to use this data to report your stories. Just remember to credit Propublica. Here's a CSV Download of our unemployment data. (Last update February 02, 2011)

Sources: Google Public Data, Department of Labor, Treasury Department.