Laid-Off Workers Having Trouble Getting Benefits

By: Sherelle Roberts Email
By: Sherelle Roberts Email

88,000 Kentuckians filed for unemployment benefits in December. Many of those people likely did so over the phone, but several laid-off workers claim, they had trouble filing for their benefits because the phone lines were busy.

Officials with the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training say their aware of the problem. The high demand for unemployment benefit claims by phone has flooded the system. Officials say they're aware that many people have been met by a busy signal when trying to contact them.

It's reccommended by authorities that you call mid-week, instead of Mondays or Tuesdays to make a claim. Authorities promise that persons who properly file their claim should receive their money within 18 to 21 days.


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  • by LAID OFF WORKER on Jan 23, 2009 at 12:59 PM
    Zatoichi, this is not about race referring to the white male construction workers. That is crazy. Its all races that are facing hard times now. What a crazy statement. I just wonder how you would feel and survive if you lost a job due to the economy? Working people need tax cuts. If you are so rich spread the wealth. I am not getting any hand outs, I am working two jobs just to survive and plus trying to get another degree. What are you doing besides spreading hate? NOTHING.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jan 23, 2009 at 05:15 AM
    A top economic adviser to President Obama has told a congressional panel the billions of dollars in the proposed economic stimulus plan should be allocated with social issues in mind, to make sure the money doesn't go to just "white male construction workers" or the highly skilled. Robert Reich, who served as labor secretary under President Clinton, was speaking to the House Steering and Policy Committee Jan. 7 about funding infrastructure projects across the nation.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jan 23, 2009 at 05:02 AM
    Don't worry be happy, Obama will soon rescue us all with permanent welfare..er..I mean...tax cuts and stimulus checks.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jan 22, 2009 at 12:01 PM
    Robert Reich, a top economic adviser to President Obama has told a congressional panel the billions of dollars in the proposed economic stimulus plan should be allocated with social issues in mind, to make sure the money doesn't go to just "white male construction workers" or the highly skilled. Sounds like a welfare program to me.
  • by LAID OFF on Jan 22, 2009 at 10:41 AM
    I agree it is the government fault for allowing NAFTA. I lost my position after 29 years of working in a factory. Now I cannot find a job and have to depend on unemployment. Beshear is trying to cut everything and people depend on the unemployment office.
  • by janene Location: ky on Jan 22, 2009 at 08:49 AM
    I have been trying to call Frankfort(Division of Motor Carriers) all week and it is either busy or no one answers and it is very important that I get in touch with them. What is the problem here?
  • by fed up Location: east ky on Jan 22, 2009 at 05:02 AM
    TELL MR BEASHER AND MONGARDO TO SEND THE MONEY OUT TO THE PEOPLE .ALSO REMIND BOTH THE WILL RUN A GAIN IN A COUPLE OF YEARS STOP STOCK HOVERING ALL THE MONEY IN FRANKFORT. STEVE OBAMA SAID HE WOULD PAY KYS BILLS. SO TTELL THEM TO PAY EVEYONES BENEFITS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ON TIME!!!!!!!!!!

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