Unemployed Alabamians awaiting funds from new stimulus package; some accounts at zero

Unemployment payments on hold

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Many Americans have lost their jobs and now depend on unemployment in order to get by.

When Sunny Corbertt recently logged on to her claim status, it showed $0 in her account.

She tells us there was several thousand dollars on Monday.

“I almost had a heart attack;” that’s how one Huntsville woman felt when she checked her unemployment payment status Tuesday morning.

“Without warning of any sort, we got cut off today. And I have other friends that got cut off today. And they don’t know what they’re going to do, how they’re going to feed their children this week,” Corbett said.

The latest coronavirus stimulus package, passed by Congress, includes $300 a week for unemployed Americans. However, Alabamians aren’t seeing that money yet.

The Alabama Department of Labor addressed the issue on Facebook.

“We are working on implementing that right now. I cant give you an exact date, but we’re working to get that out as quickly as possible,” Tara Hutchison, communications director for the department of labor said.

Sunny Corbett, a former bartender, has been unemployed since March. She says she hasn’t been able to find full time work to cover bills.

“If this takes weeks to resolve, people will lose their houses. I could lose my car,” she said.

“They’ll call you in for an interview at a full time position and it turns out it’s a part time position. So now you’ve wasted gas you cant afford to be told, oh you can work your way into a full time position.”

So what if you have questions about your unemployment claim?

This week the Alabama Department Of Labor changed its appointment system.

You no longer have to drive to Montgomery to meet with someone, the department is now only doing phone appointments.

We’re told that means they can serve 600 people a day opposed to 400.

“We’ve been working very hard to update this system so we can again serve more people and help to eliminate some of that inconvenience for those that are having difficulty getting to Montgomery,” Hutchison said.

To make an appointment, call 1-(800) 361-4524 anytime after 5 p.m. It will be an automated system. Be prepared to give your social security number.

If there are available slots left, someone should call you the next day.

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