Thousands of Kentucky's unemployment claims still need processing

Posted at 8:21 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 20:25:34-04

(LEX 18) — Since the pandemic began, there have been approximately 1,205,000 claims filed for unemployment insurance, according to the Kentucky Department of Labor.

Yet, thousands of these people still haven't had their claims resolved. As of September 30, there are 78,443 claims that are unresolved.

Katherine Blanton is one of these people. Their family filed in August when they decided it would be too difficult for her and her husband to both work full-time while their children go to school remotely. Someone had to be able to assist the kids with their work from home.

Katherine's job allows her to work from home. However, her husband, who is immunocompromised, couldn't. As a result, they decided he would be the one to file for unemployment to help the kids.

"We made the decision to keep our kids home to keep them safe. My husband makes twice what I do, so it wasn't a fun decision to make for him to be the one to lose his income but it was to keep us all safe," says Blanton.

While Katherine makes calls daily about the unemployment claim, she hasn't gotten any answers. To make things worse, she can't help feeling that if people haven't gotten answers who filed in March, how long will it take them to get to her claim which was filed in August?

So now even though she says her family is safe, they are running out of money to cover their expenses.