Hundreds of out-of-work Americans converge at Kentucky capital seeking unemployment benefits
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Hundreds of people who lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic lined up outside a temporary unemployment insurance office in the Kentucky Capitol to seek in-person help in claiming their jobless benefits.
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A video posted on Twitter by Daniel Desrochers, a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader, depicts hundreds of people waiting outside of the Kentucky Capitol in Frankfort on Wednesday to speak with someone about their stalled claims for unemployment benefits. The line stretched through the parking lot and around the block.
States, which administer the benefits, have been overwhelmed by the tens of millions of jobless applications filed during the coronavirus pandemic. The deluge of claims crashed websites and clogged phone lines as laid-off Americans desperately tried to access unemployment insurance.
Close to 46 million Americans have lost their jobs since the nation's economy came to a grinding halt in mid-March, a rate unseen since the Great Depression. In the span of three months, the U.S. unemployment rate surged from a 50-year low to an 80-year high. More than 37,000 Kentuckians sought assistance last week.
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Kentucky was one of 22 states with an insolvent unemployment fund before the crisis began, according to Labor Department data.
But because of the virus, it's been difficult for states to help Americans filing for jobless benefits in person.
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