Kokua Line: Extended jobless benefits available, but UI claimant won’t receive automatically

Question: Are the extended benefits automatic once I run out of unemployment? It’s getting close. What do I do?

Answer: No, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation is not automatic. You have to apply for this program, which adds 13 weeks of benefits for eligible claimants, and you must have a zero balance in your Unemployment Insurance account before you do so, according to the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

You would apply through your online UI account and answer a series of questions to determine whether you are eligible. For instructions on how to apply, see labor.hawaii.gov/ui/.

Q: Regarding the new unemployment call center, is that really working as advertised? I have been calling and calling and I never get through. Are others having the same trouble?

A: We got a lot of complaints from people who were unable to get through last week

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Jobless benefits for millions are expiring as Washington moves on

John Wilkins, 39, lost his job as a facilities director at a fast food restaurant in Santa Barbara, California, in March when the coronavirus outbreak began. With the $600 weekly unemployment benefit from Washington, he was making up his previous income and managed to save enough of a cushion to cover an extra month’s rent.

But with the benefit having expired, a $300 temporary replacement soon to expire, as well, and no luck finding a job, he has little idea what comes next.

“After this month, I don’t know what we’re going to do,” Wilkins said. “We canceled cable. We got rid of our crappy air conditioner. We’ve cut way back. Still not making it.”

For months, it was a lifeline: a check for $600 a week, allowing people put out of work by the coronavirus pandemic to pay rent, buy food and build some savings to ride out the

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PA STATE PRISON INMATES accused of illegally obtaining jobless benefits

NOVEMBER 1ST THROUGH JANUARY 15 20 PEOPLE INCLUDING PENNSYLVANIA STATE PRISON INMATES ARE CHARGED IN AN ALLEGED PLOT TO USE FALSE INFORMATION TO GET COVID-19 UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS THE INMATES CHARGED OR AT BEEN OUR STATE PRISON IN CENTRE COUNTY AND MA HANOI STATE PRISON IN SCHUYLKILL COUNTY STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL. SHAPIRO SAYS SEVERAL INMATES GIVE THEIR PERSONAL INFORMATION TO PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE PRISON WHO FILED FOR BENEFITS ON THEIR BEHALF, THE 20 PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE PLOT ALLEGEDLY GOT $300,000 MEANT FOR THOSE WHO LOST JOBS DUE TO COVID THESE CRIMINALS TOOK ADVANTAGE OF A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY TO CASH IN ON THE BACKS OF WORKING PEOPLE ACROSS OUR COMMONWEALTH TO RIP OFF A PROGRAM MEANT FOR EVERYDAY PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES HAVE BEEN UPROOTED. BY THE COVID-19 CRISIS TO OF THE 20 PEOPLE CHARGED DID NOT GET ANY MONEY 33 PEOPLE WERE CHARGED WITH SIMILAR CRIMES A FEW WEEKS AGO. … Read More