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Concerns rising as federal unemployment benefits end

Federal unemployment assistance is set to expire on Friday and several people in Alabama claim they haven't received any of the money yet.

Posted: Jul 30, 2020 5:54 PM
Updated: Jul 30, 2020 7:44 PM

The federal unemployment benefit providing an additional $600 per week to individuals expires Friday.

In Alabama, the last payment was sent to people the week of July 25, but some people still are having problems getting their first check, months after filing for unemployment.

“It’s caused me to have to use savings that were set aside just to be in my savings account,” Pam Moses said. “So I’ve had to use some of those funds just for everyday expenses.”

Moses is one of countless people in the state who claim they still haven’t received a penny of unemployment.

Moses works in a dental office. She says she started the claim process as soon as her office closed in mid-March. She was back at work six weeks later, but the unemployment checks never came.

“And here it is, basically August, and I haven’t received anything,” she said.

Moses said she contacted every phone number, fax and email she could find for the Alabama Department of Labor but can’t get any reply.

For her, the $600 boost would have helped with some recent emergencies.

Villie Thompson is retired, but her husband started filing for unemployment when he was laid off in April. She said they also haven’t seen any money.

“We’re still waiting and I don't even know, I haven't counted it up, it doesn’t matter how much it is, even $100 would help,” Thompson said. “It'll pay part of my power bill.”

Thompson and her husband have had to dig deep into their savings just to keep the lights on. She said things are only going to get more difficult going forward.

“We have about three months that we can pay our house payment and then there won’t be any more money unless they come through with what they owe,” she said, expressing her desire for the assistance.

Many of those I reached out to Thursday said they’d find a way to get by without the extra money, but expressed concerns for those who have children and are still out of work.

According to ADOL, people who are eligible for retroactive benefits will still receive the federal payment for the weeks between March 29 and July 25, even if the claim is processed after July 25.

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Confirmed Cases: 160380

Reported Deaths: 2713
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Mobile16994316
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Madison942298
Shelby750465
Baldwin671269
Lee657165
Calhoun464761
Marshall442651
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Houston419334
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Elmore324653
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Limestone293631
Walker283793
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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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Confirmed Cases: 251774

Reported Deaths: 3207
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Davidson32175341
Knox1295692
Rutherford12143115
Hamilton11952110
Williamson723556
Sumner6230112
Wilson478560
Putnam449957
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Greene182154
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Roane13467
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Hawkins123225
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