Unemployment claim help available this week for Kentuckians

Unemployment claim help available this week for Kentuckians

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Help is on the way for Kentuckians waiting for their unemployment checks.

In-person unemployment insurance services are available at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

If you haven’t booked an appointment, you’re out of luck for Monday and Tuesday, but appointments are not required Wednesday.

The temporary unemployment insurance site was approved by Gov. Andy Beshear. State Representative Rachel Roberts (D-Newport) along with Representative Buddy Wheatley (D-Covington) sent a letter to Beshear requesting a temporary, or even possibly permanent, unemployment office in Northern Kentucky to assist people still waiting for benefits due to job losses during COVID-19.

“I am thrilled that Governor Beshear heard our call for help for the people of Northern Kentucky who are still struggling with accessing unemployment benefits,” Roberts said. “I have received many inquiries and requests for assistance with unemployment insurance throughout this COVID-19 period. I am so honored that when we asked for help, Governor Beshear delivered.”

In-person meetings without an appointment will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, at the NKY Convention Center.

NKY office offers in-person unemployment help

According to a press release from state representatives, Roberts and Wheatley:

“The Northern Kentucky Area Development District will oversee the facility and the processes. Kentucky will provide nurses who will check temperatures inside the doors, and masks will be required. Claimants are instructed to bring two forms of personal ID with them and enter on the Madison Avenue side of the convention center. Parking is free at the Kenton County Parking Garage, stickers will be validated.”

A few weeks ago, Beshear announced a contract with global accounting giant Ernst and Young to help Kentucky deal with its backlog of unemployment insurance claims.

According to Beshear, the state has around 56,000 unprocessed claims from March, April, and May, representing thousands of Kentuckians who lost their jobs during the pandemic’s early days but still have not seen state benefits.

The state spent $7 million in CARES Act money on the Ernst and Young contract, which began July 1 and will last four weeks, according to Beshear.

The total commitment is for 300 workers, bringing the total number of people processing claims in Kentucky to 400.

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