25,000 jobless Kansans stuck in limbo

The Kansas Department of Labor has struggled to handle an explosion of unemployment filings.

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August 17, 2020 - 9:36 AM

TOPEKA, Kansas — The Kansas Department of Labor has struggled to handle an explosion of unemployment filings.

That’s left 25,000 claims waiting for approval — and thousands of Kansans standing by for the checks that could help them stay afloat through a jobless stretch in an economy battered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s the latest challenge for a department that has attempted to respond to emails and phone calls from thousands of Kansans as the coronavirus caused unemployment in the state to jump from around 3% to almost 12% earlier this year. It’s since settled to 7.5%.

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