Friday, January 23, 2009
Collapsing States can't pay UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE! People STARVING!
Kentucky: Overloaded phones bring long lines to state unemployment offices
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The unemployment lines continue to stretch in Kentucky with people calling WAVE 3 to talk about it. So many people needed help it jammed the state's 400 phone lines and overloaded the website. WAVE 3's Shayla Reaves tells us where they ended up going for help.
No matter what time they arrived just about everybody expected a wait at the unemployment office Monday morning. So many people tried to call or go online for unemployment help that the State's system overloaded. The problem started Sunday and spilled out to branches across the Bluegrass Monday.
"Actually I was supposed to go back to work this week, but I couldn't go to work today because I had to come down here and take care of this," said Kayla Carter.
Louisiana: Unemployment call lines hard to get through
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -It's bad enough getting laid off during these hard economic times. But then, what if you have difficulties getting the help you need when you're trying to get unemployment benefits.
Safety supervisors help oversee those big maintenance overhauls known as turn arounds at refineries. That's what Pat Keller does, but she's been unemployed for about nine months now. "Due to cutbacks across the United States I have become unemployed for an extended length of time."
Pat says she received unemployment benefits and then became entitled to emergency benefits. But before she makes a claim she says she needs to speak to someone at the Louisiana Workforce Commission. She says she's been trying since before Christmas. "Today for instance, I started at 8:47 this morning. I've called seven times and I get a recording. When I get to the right menu I need and the right office I guess, it says we have too many calls, we can't handle you right now and the call is ended."
Mich. to add unemployment call center, more staff
Michigan plans to beef up its overwhelmed unemployment system with a new call center and hundreds of new workers to take and process calls.
Although the current system is helping 12,000 jobless a day with claims, the phone system has been getting 1 million attempted calls a day, unemployment officials said. Workers who have turned instead to an unemployment Web site often have found it slowed by heavy volume.
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