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Unemployment Checks

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Jobless Kentuckians whose state and

federal unemployment checks have run out may have an eight-week

gap before their newly extended benefits start arriving.

A spokesman for Gov. Steve Beshear told The Courier-Journal that

while the unemployed will receive all the money that is due to

them, it may take time for state workers to be trained and for

computer systems to be updated.

Beshear signed an emergency order April 17 that allows Kentucky

to use no-strings-attached federal stimulus money to help

unemployed workers who have used up their 26 weeks of state

benefits and 33 weeks of federal benefits and still haven't found

jobs.

Jay Blanton, a spokesman for the governor, said jobless workers

are now eligible for an extra 13 weeks of benefits.

"The experience in other states has been that it can take up to

eight weeks to get everything in place," he said. "We will get

everyone their payments and benefits, but it will take some time to

get the processes in place to make sure we're doing it right."

The delay worries some unemployed workers who say they've

already drained their savings and retirement plans to survive the

past year.


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