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Unemployment troubles continue in Kentucky

Posted at 5:13 PM, Jun 26, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — According to a statement, since March there have been over 900,000 unemployment claims in Kentucky. About 90 percent of them have been processed, but that still leaves roughly 90,000 thousand people without answers.

Hundreds waited in line last week in Frankfort to receive in-person help, like April, who is a mother of three.

She says she filed for unemployment back in March and so far her stimulus check and her savings have kept her afloat until now, “being a single mom it would help if all of this was fixed so I could at least know I can depend on something.”

She waited in the unemployment line on June 18, and was helped by someone who told her she should receive a check by the 24th, but she says she still hasn't received it.

“It was a feeling of pretty much defeat, I was hoping, and hoping, that’s just what I do, I hope, I don’t get my hopes up, but now I’m pretty much screwed. I don’t know what to do now," she said.

She isn't alone either.

George Harbour has also filed for unemployment and says he too has yet to find out if his unemployment is even approved.

"The fact of the matter that I can go to the casino, I can go get a haircut pretty soon, go to a movie theater, but I can’t go speak to someone face-to-face to try to resolve issues that have been out there for three months that’s just unfortunate that’s sad it’s disgusting," said Harbour.

Gov. Beshear has said he plans to begin to open some unemployment offices soon, but as of today, there are no in-person appointments.