AL unemployment claims up 2,500% since shutdown - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

AL unemployment claims up 2,500% since shutdown

Posted: Updated:
Source: MGN Online Source: MGN Online
  • NEWSMore>>

  • Stay safe on the road this Labor Day weekend

    Stay safe on the road this Labor Day weekend

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:50 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:50:07 GMT
    More law enforcement officers will be patrolling on the road to stop reckless drivers and to keep the road safe during the busy Labor Day weekend.More >>
    More law enforcement officers will be patrolling on the road to stop reckless drivers and to keep the road safe during the busy Labor Day weekend.More >>
  • Community gathers to reduce crime in Columbus

    Community gathers for Memorial Service, National Prayer Day to reduce crime in Columbus

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:44 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:44:08 GMT
    City leaders, victims of violence, clergies, and about 300 others from the Chattahoochee Valley gathered at the Civic Center on Sunday of the holiday weekend. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson held a memorial serviceMore >>
    City leaders, victims of violence, clergies, and about 300 others from the Chattahoochee Valley gathered at the Civic Center on Sunday of the holiday weekend. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson held a memorial service to stop the violence and reduce crime in the community.More >>
  • Seale, AL residents enjoy return of Labor Day Fair

    Seale, AL residents enjoy return of Labor Day Fair

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:26 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:26:04 GMT
    Residents in east Alabama are rounding up the Labor Day celebration at one of the Alabama's oldest courthouses. The courthouse located in Seale, Ala. is the third oldest in the state. This is the first fair
    More >>
    Residents in east Alabama are rounding up the Labor Day celebration at one of the Alabama's oldest courthouses. The courthouse located in Seale, Ala. is the third oldest in the state. This is the first fair since 2010 when the fair restarted, and it originated in 1980 to raise money to refurbish the old courthouse after it began to deteriorate.More >>
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Government employees flooded Alabama unemployment offices Tuesday and Wednesday following the government shutdown. Furloughed workers want unemployment benefits during the shutdown.

Tuesday 142 people sought unemployment benefits. As of 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, 124 people filed claims.

Communication Director Tara Hutchinson said that number continues to rise throughout the day. On an average day they have about five or six people file claims. That is an increase of about 2,500 percent.

If you are a furloughed employee and want to apply, you must do so over the phone. Call  1-866-234-5382.

You must also have a W-2, a copy of your last pay stub, or an SF-50 when you file.

Meantime, the 532 members currently serving in Congress will continue to get paid during the partial shutdown. It costs taxpayers more than $10,000 an hour to cover Congress salaries. However about 100 lawmakers have decided to refuse pay or give the money to charity, Spencer Bachus, Mo Brooks and Terri Sewell included.

Copyright 2013 WAFF. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.