LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The U.S. economy is gradually reopening, but America's jobless crisis continues. Another 1.5 million Americans filed for first time unemployment benefits last week. More than 44 million people across the country have filed for unemployment since mid-March when the coronavirus pandemic began.
Four years ago, Desislava Altunyan, her husband and their daughter moved to Lexington from Bulgaria.
"Especially when you bought this house. This is a part of our dream and now it came true," Altunyan said.
Before the coronavirus shut down, Altunyan started a new job as a teacher's assistant in the Baptist Health Child Care Center. Her last day of work was March 20 and she filed for unemployment on April 7.
Desislava says an error appeared, so she tried to call and email the unemployment office and hasn't gotten any answers.
"Better time to reach some of them is between 7:00 and 7:30 in the morning. So I started getting up at this time but unfortunately there are no results," Altunyan said.
Desislava says her husband was out of work for two months and started his job again two weeks ago. She's trying to stay patient she will get a check soon.
"It's hard because I rely on this money," Altunyan said. "Although it's not going to be too much. At least it's a help for me."