Unemployment numbers are on the rise, here is how you can file a claim

According to the governor last week 54,000 Hoosiers filed for unemployment, that number is expected to be even higher in the coming weeks.

Posted: Mar 24, 2020 5:48 PM
Updated: Mar 24, 2020 5:48 PM

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI)- Non-essential businesses will close their doors in the next day due to the stay at home order taking place. According to the governor last week 54,000 Hoosiers filed for unemployment, that number is expected to be even higher in the coming weeks.

"We've seen a spike in claims activity through our website and it's something we are tracking pretty closely trying to make sure that the access remains,” said Josh Richardson the Chief of Staff of the Indiana Work Force Development “It is absolutely the case that last week will be higher than the week before in terms of volume."

Unemployment filings are taken on a case by case basis, but generally a person filing for unemployment should have been part of the work force for 12-18 months before they file. Also, their unemployment should be due to no fault of their own.

"One of the misconceptions in this system is that is they have they are going back to that somehow means they are not unemployed,” added Richardson. “For our purposes if you are working no hours and making no wages and if you have met those requirements as far as sufficient work history then we are going to consider you unemployed even if you have a spot to go back to."

Those receiving unemployment can expect to see slightly less than half of what their normal working wage was. The amount is figured out by looking at how much a person made in a year.

"We are looking at their wages in that period we will divide that by 52 to get their average weekly wage and then we multiply that by 47 percent to get their benefit amount that is capped at 390 dollars," said Richardson.

As more Hoosiers file for unemployment workforce development professionals want to remind people to file from the comfort of your own home.

"Absolutely the best thing people can here is to do this online there is no requirement that an individual visit a local office," said Richardson.
To file a claim click here. After a claim is a filed, recipients can expect benefits to arrive in three weeks.  

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