For those Americans who have found themselves unemployed during the #coronavirus pandemic, trying to navigate the unemployment system while it’s under heavy strain, and with seemingly low job prospects, makes for a maddening experience.
With so many applying for #unemployment every day, there are bound to be issues, a lack of communication from busy unemployment representatives, and mixed advice about how to fix issues with your claim.
If you’re going through issues with unemployment right now, here are some methods that have worked for our members and could work for you, too.
Remember the old adage “the squeaky wheel gets the grease?” Often it’s those who are consistently speaking up about their unemployment issues who get the most attention to their case and information to help them solve their unemployment issues.
While it may be a hassle, spending more time and effort reaching out about the issues you’re having with your claim may help you in the end. If you’ve never called your unemployment office before check out our unemployment resource center that has all unemployment resources listed by state.
Unemployment is a complex system, and it becomes even more complicated when there are issues. To make sure you don’t lose valuable information, make sure you document everything you can. Make note of things like:
If you’re running up against a wall when you try to get in contact with your local unemployment office or find that they’re not providing sufficient support, contact your local representatives. It’s their job to make sure their constituents, and that’s you, are being properly served by government services like unemployment and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). If you’re not getting what you need, it’s their office’s responsibility to try and help you out however they can.
Reaching out to a government official can feel a little uncomfortable for some people, but if it does remember that state representatives and government officials work for you and your health and safety should be their priority. By reaching out, you help them to do their job better.
If your unemployment benefits were denied and you think this decision was made in-error, you can file an appeal to try and get your benefits reinstated. If you’re curious what this process will look like, it goes a little something like this:
This can be a long and difficult process, so it won’t be for everyone. However, if you think you have a chance to get your benefits back using this method you should file an appeal.
With the unemployment system in disarray for so many, some have considered alternative forms of employment or gig work to help supplement income in a way that can be, in many cases, more reliable than waiting on unemployment funds.
While returning to the job or industry you once worked may be impossible right now, there are companies that are actively hiring right now looking for paid work in a different role or field can provide much-needed income when you need it most.
Unemployment issues are affecting so many people right now. With this being a common experience it’s important to come together and support each other. Read what others are going through and consider reaching out.
...I just got two letters from the Virginia Employment Commission saying that they over payed me...and I haven't received anything from them since October cut me off no warning or anything...
Single mom here. Have been waiting since October 5th for PUA. It went into adjudication and approved exactly... still "pending" payment...
My employer told ui that i was 1st on disiplonary suspension, which was news to me. Then said after that I was on a employer approved medical leave of absence...now I've stopped getting any UI, and they want me to pay back 4200.00.
I am so frustrated about all of this stuff with the unemployment. When you call its no way to get to a call center rep. I know that they are working hard to help and get is all paid but they fail to realize is this is such a long and drawn out wait and for what...
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