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Weather Causes Problems at Unemployment Offices

Many unemployment offices throughout the state are having problems due to the weather. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more.There are 19 unemployment offices in Kentucky that are not able to process electronic unemployment claims now due to power outages and other problems caused by current weather conditions.Cathy Lindsey is with the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Office. She says people filing claims can find information at the offices even though they might not be fully operational."There should be instructions on the door that will basically direct them to an operable service location that’s nearest to them that will have the capability to help them file their claims," Lindsey says.She says people can still file claims by calling or visiting the website of the state Office for Employment and Training, and that this only affects people who haven’t filed their claims."People who have already filed their claims this week will receive their checks," she says.The offices concerned include those in Carrollton, Danville, Elizabethtown, Leitchfield, Brandenburg, Fort Knox, Bardstown, Lebanon, Springfield, Henderson, Louisville, Madisonville, Central City, Owensboro, Paducah, Mayfield, Murray and Richmond.The offices should function as normal once power is restored."As soon as electricity is back and the local offices are up and running, they’ll be able to process unemployment claims electronically," Lindsay says.