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Many Alabamians are still waiting on unemployment benefits

Around 120,000 Alabamians are still waiting on unemployment checks.

Posted: Apr 30, 2020 5:31 PM
Updated: Apr 30, 2020 9:02 PM

Close to half a million people lost their jobs in Alabama since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Thursday, the Alabama Department of Labor admitted about 30% of those people are still waiting for unemployment checks.

Tuscumbia cosmetologist, Jenna Daniel, is one of the people still waiting for an unemployment check. She filed for unemployment at the end of March and still hasn't seen a dime. Daniels rents a booth at a salon so she's considered self employed. The Alabama Department of Labor said it's now processing the gig and self employed workers claims.

"I know it was a last min thing they had to wait and get guidelines from the federal government on the pandemic unemployment. I know they had to get a system in place but I feel like five weeks later we should have gotten something," said Jenna Daniel.

Daniels said she had questions about her unemployment claim but hasn't been able to reach anyone.

"I've tried calling and calling. One of the forms it gave the option to fax. I tried for two days and it never went through," said Daniel. "They said they hired a call center and added 100 people to take calls so why isn't it getting easier to get through to them?"

Daniels said she's tried facebook messaging the department too.

"It's been very frustrating you know your bill collectors want their money. We've all got car payments and rent and different things and not knowing when your going to get your money you can't tell people when your going to pay your bills. It's getting to the point when you get concerned about groceries," said Daniel.

The Alabama Department of Labor said they have a tsunami of claims. It's contracted with a call center and moved about 120 some employees to answering calls but people still can't get through.

"We completely understand the frustration we understand the urgency. We're working day and night to correct as many issues as we can and streamline this process so that we can go ahead and get those benefits paid," said ADOL spokesperson, Tara Hutchinson.

Daniels said she understands no one was prepared for this but feels failed by the system at this point and wants the state to do better because her livelihood and others depends on it.

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Confirmed Cases: 134231

Reported Deaths: 2357
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Montgomery8778179
Madison775480
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Shelby584951
Lee582961
Baldwin516550
Marshall390944
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Morgan325428
Houston278123
Elmore263247
DeKalb239120
Walker228483
St. Clair227837
Talladega212728
Limestone206120
Cullman188519
Dallas177426
Franklin175529
Russell17442
Autauga173825
Lauderdale168233
Colbert163626
Blount159415
Escambia158425
Jackson154611
Chilton153531
Dale135444
Covington134427
Coffee13078
Pike11879
Chambers115142
Tallapoosa114685
Clarke107717
Marion95729
Butler91339
Barbour8577
Winston73712
Marengo70820
Lowndes65327
Pickens65114
Bibb64210
Randolph63713
Hale62828
Lawrence60922
Geneva5995
Bullock59814
Cherokee59115
Monroe5818
Clay5707
Washington55613
Perry5407
Conecuh53111
Crenshaw53132
Wilcox53111
Henry4865
Macon48020
Fayette4438
Sumter43419
Lamar3632
Choctaw34612
Cleburne3396
Greene30315
Coosa1673
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Confirmed Cases: 187690

Reported Deaths: 2312
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Davidson26252298
Hamilton928791
Knox918175
Rutherford915088
Williamson516536
Sumner475896
Wilson341844
Putnam320139
Montgomery302244
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Madison280061
Sevier257015
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Washington223935
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Sullivan212133
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Tipton178118
Trousdale16517
Gibson160922
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Wayne14905
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Warren10267
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Haywood95418
Franklin9518
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Roane8724
Carroll85819
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White8139
Cheatham80610
Rhea79812
Hawkins78316
Cocke7419
Marshall7415
Overton7135
Smith69810
Johnson6752
Henry6139
Chester60910
Lincoln6031
Giles58017
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