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Alabamians waiting to get unemployment claim approved

Some 94,000 Alabamians said they lost their jobs because of the coronavirus.

Posted: Apr 10, 2020 5:54 PM
Updated: Apr 10, 2020 8:58 PM

Almost 17 million Americans have filed for unemployment because of the coronavirus.

The Alabama Department of Labor said between March 29th- April 4th more than 106,000 Alabamians filed for unemployment, 94,000 of those claims were because of coronavirus.

Florence bartender, Dylan Raleigh, said she filed for unemployment on March 27th after her restaurant voluntarily moved to to-go orders only. She said filling out the paperwork online didn't take very long but she's still waiting at this point to see if she will get an unemployment check.

"Your circumstance doesn't fit all the boxes because it's a different circumstance than someone who got fired or laid off for another reason," said Raleigh. "I didn't have any issues with the website the process it's self didn't take long but there is a lot of uncertainty."

Thursday, the Alabama department of labor secretary Fitzgerald Washington said the department paid $40 million to some 60,000 Alabamians who filed for the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefit due to the coronavirus.

Washington said, "We understand the frustration of many Alabamians who are out of work due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and we know that they need these benefits to stay afloat,”.

Raleigh said she has her tax refund to live off of and her landlord is working with her on rent, until she can get her unemployment check.

"If it went into past May I think is when I'd really start to worry. I told myself I'd have enough money to be absolutely okay all through April and probably may but after that I don't know," said Raleigh.

Raleigh said after she filed for unemployment she got a letter in the mail three days later saying her claim is being processed. The Alabama Department of Labor said people should start seeing unemployment money two or three days after their claim is approved.

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Confirmed Cases: 160380

Reported Deaths: 2713
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Montgomery10352198
Madison942298
Shelby750465
Baldwin671269
Lee657165
Calhoun464761
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Houston419334
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Elmore324653
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Limestone293631
Walker283793
Talladega271437
Cullman255725
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Jackson219417
Autauga208231
Franklin206432
Colbert206032
Blount197225
Russell19603
Chilton190432
Dallas188127
Coffee180711
Dale178952
Covington175929
Escambia174931
Chambers136847
Clarke136617
Pike134514
Tallapoosa133987
Marion110331
Barbour10429
Marengo102622
Butler101241
Winston94013
Geneva9217
Lawrence86933
Pickens86918
Bibb85015
Randolph83516
Hale77730
Cherokee75614
Clay75312
Washington75112
Henry7236
Lowndes71628
Monroe65510
Bullock65017
Crenshaw60930
Perry5956
Fayette58913
Cleburne5739
Wilcox57012
Conecuh56513
Macon53920
Lamar5085
Sumter47421
Choctaw39312
Greene34616
Coosa2093
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Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 251774

Reported Deaths: 3207
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Davidson32175341
Knox1295692
Rutherford12143115
Hamilton11952110
Williamson723556
Sumner6230112
Wilson478560
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Dyer228535
Gibson219249
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Hardeman190933
Greene182154
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Macon135725
Roane13467
Franklin130522
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Overton123218
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Rhea113018
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Cheatham107912
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