Rebound Indiana: Hoosiers continue to wait for unemployment claims

Posted at 9:16 AM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 10:19:56-04

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INDIANAPOLIS — Courtney Essett, a sergeant in the Air Force Reserves, is one of many Hoosiers waiting to receive unemployment benefits after she was laid off from her full-time restaurant job.

Essett said her benefits were denied because she did not serve enough consecutive active duty time. Instead of 189 days, she served 173 because she took a break to heal after the loss of her 56-year-old mother, Marcy, who died Aug. 11, 2019.

Essett appealed her denial March 19, and she is concerned. She is counting on her state and country she serves to not forget her.

Indiana Department of Workplace Development commissioner Fred Payne said he can't comment on cases under appeal, but the agency is handling cases as quickly as possible.

Watch the video in the player above to hear more about how the state is handling unemployment cases.