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Long lines continue outside unemployment office Thursday, includes some who filed back in March

Posted at 10:42 AM, Jun 18, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Hundreds of Kentuckians from across the state are at the Capitol Thursday morning for in-person help on unemployment.

Many are frustrated after going months without any income or update on their unemployment insurance claims.

In-person unemployment services are happening at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in Frankfort from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday. It will be open to everyone but there will be a priority line for anyone who filed in March and hasn't had their claim resolved.

This is the third day the state set up this in-person help center after a protest was planned to take place at the Capitol earlier this week.

Some people in line tell LEX 18 they have returned to work as the state has been reopening over the last month, but bills are still piling up. If they were given a 30 or 60 day grace period on rent or utilities, they now owe all of that money at the end of June or early July. Without backpay from the state, they say they won't be able to get by.

On Thursday, the office told LEX 18 they had to turn away nearly 600 people because they knew they wouldn't be able to get to them all.

The office blamed the computer system shutting down at 7 p.m., not allowing staff to input new information.

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet released a statement that the capacity had been reached and everyone left would be reached by phone.

In-person unemployment services will also be available on Friday. It will be open to everyone but there will be a priority line for anyone who filed in March or April and hasn't had their claim resolved.

Click here for more information, including frequently asked questions, when it comes to unemployment assistance.