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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  • by sue Location: michigan on May 8, 2009 at 06:51 PM
    first of all,I believe the old farts should be made to retire,no later than 66 years old.They hang in there forever,and take away jobs that the younger generation needs.That isn't right!I wish Obama would do something to remedy this BIG problem.
  • by Ray Location: letcher on Apr 28, 2009 at 04:46 PM
    Thank G.W. Bush.
  • by Brent Location: Mt. Sterling on Apr 28, 2009 at 04:13 PM
    If the state unemployment insurance program runs out of $$$, perhaps it should draw from the social insurance (food stamps, AFDC, Medicaid) programs to bridge the gap until the economy revives. Remember, it is during the good times that the working people's taxes support these social programs. Why shouldn't those who have been couch potatoes when jobs were plentiful help out those who can't pull the welfare wagon anymore? Btw, I have a college degree and Wal-Mart hired me on two different occasions. The company may not call on applicants because their availability for scheduling is too limited (won't work certain shifts).
  • by MG on Apr 28, 2009 at 01:49 PM
    Juan: Coach Cal is not getting paid from money coming from tax dollars. To those who have truly been working hard in their lives and have hit a hard spot, I'm sorry for your hard times and glad that you are getting what help we can give. You've paid your taxes and therefore deserve the support that you've been paying for. I'm afraid though that there are many who do not deserve the extra help however. Its hard to just flat out deny people but I know people who ride the train as long as they can and only the last week start to look for a job. These people only work long enough to leave and get back on unemployment. Its pathetic. We really need some sort of random testing or observation to make sure people are at least trying and not spending their money on drugs/booze. To those that are trying keep it up, things will turn around eventually.
  • by Aubrey Location: Richmond on Apr 28, 2009 at 01:41 PM
    Nearly 5 months ago, while Bush was still in office, I had made a decent paycheck, had health benefits, and a 401k retirement account. Since 1/7/09, we've had to put our kids on Medicaid, collect unemployment, and take food stamps. I just wish that some of the people responsible for this mess would have to live like us for a while. I've been looking for a job and I can't even get a response back from applications and resume's, nonetheless an interview!
  • by TheGuv on Apr 28, 2009 at 11:08 AM
    Unemployment checks? If you have to "check" to see if you are unemployed well....that says a lot right there!
  • by HippieChick Location: Paintsville on Apr 28, 2009 at 06:25 AM
    I am so sorry to all who have lost their jobs. Keep searching, perhaps the jobs you have applied for weren't right for you anyway and there is a bigger plan from God in store for you.
  • by John Location: lexingto on Apr 28, 2009 at 01:24 AM
    I have never had food stamps,I have worked since I was 16 years old, Had been with the company for 20 years and then was laid off.So now my wife has to work 7 days a week to make it.I have applied everywhere, yes even walmart and mcdonalds and no call back, Why? Because I have a degree and they know as soon as something comes to me, I will leave. So now I have to worry about bills on $172 a week and do not get to see my wife. No, I am not sitting at home doing nothing,
  • by juan Location: mexico on Apr 27, 2009 at 08:48 PM
    Get some of that money back from coach cal and pay it out in unemployement
  • by steve Location: irvine on Apr 27, 2009 at 08:03 PM
    Hum a democrat governor, Hum a democrat house, Hum a democrat senate, Hum a democrat president. Yea i see why we need unemployment no surprise here can we have Bush back at least i was working 12 hours a day and the Dow was up at 14000.
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