Kentuckians continue to line up in Frankfort to get in-person unemployment help

Published: Jun. 22, 2020 at 12:24 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Despite state officials not having a designated in-person help session for unemployment Monday, people are lined up in Frankfort anyway.

Several dozen people showed up at the Cabinet for Health Services building, hoping to get help.

We saw several lines form outside the human resources building Monday morning, but the lines are much shorter than what we saw Thursday and Friday last week.

This after state officials said over the weekend there would be no walk-up help Monday. People not helped on Friday were given appointments to come back Monday or Tuesday.

However, several dozen showed up anyway.

Eric Ratliff, of Morehead, was laid off in April and decided to come up to Frankfort Monday just to see what would happen. He was told that some people would be seen if so people given appointments did not show up.

“I guess I am going to stick around. Stick around and see if I can get in. A lot of people are not showing up for their appointments. They are calling them in if they see an appointment time open,” says Ratliff.

State officials say they are still working on dates and times for additional in-person help.

Last week, Governor Beshear said they would also like to have more localized help for people but blamed the previous gubernatorial administration and COVID-19 for shutting down local employment offices.

Over the course of four days last week, state officials say they helped more than 2,300 people process their claims.

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