Thousands Still Waiting for Unemployment Checks

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

Getting your unemployment benefits isn't always the easiest process.

"It's hard to get through on the phones, sometimes the money isn't right, you've got to wait, you don't get paid on time," Kevin Mosher, who's been unemployed for seven months, said.

"They told me they might have to decline my check then reapply which could take another six weeks," Colin Spry, unemployed for about a month, said.

But everyone we talked to agreed -- it beats not getting anything at all --as the 51,000 people still waiting on this week's check can attest to.

"People who called in Monday to Marvin said we would get paid the next day and we didn't," Kirk Brater said.

Brater said he counts on that $260 per week and is still in the dark as to what happened.

"We've been trying to get in touch with them on the Internet and the phone and there are no messages," he said.

Blame it on a computer glitch, said Susan Corbin of the Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic growth.

"We are very apologetic as soon as we knew there was a problem, we had people on it," Corbin said.

Every time there's a problem in the state of Michigan, they blame it on a computer glitch," Brater said.

There are roughly 500,000 people collecting unemployment in Michigan and the state says even with so many people in the system, the problems have been few and far between.

"While we're working with an old system, we are doing our best and trying to beef up whatever we can," Corbin said.

This problem is a one-time thing Corbin said -- those who rely on these checks from week to week sure hope so.

***Those who get direct deposit should have their money by Friday. Those with those debit cards should get their money by Thursday evening, and for everyone else -- the check's in the mail.

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  • by Meredith Location: Jackson on May 8, 2009 at 07:42 AM
    I am not scared to type my name. I am one of those people that didn't get paid and it affected me. Just because I get paid from unemployment, doesn't mean that they should take there time. I know that there are ALOT of people out of work right now. I am one of them. I just think that the state could of handled the situation a lot better than they did. Instead of leaving people in the dark to what is going on, they could have let people know. I started calling them at 10:00am and I never got through until 1pm and then I was on hold for 25 minutes waiting to talk to someone. There are so many things they could have done to let people know. There phone calls would have decreased, if they would have just let people know. Most of us understand that things happen. Most of us just don't want to be left in the dark.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lansing on May 8, 2009 at 05:08 AM
    People had better get used to delays. With state employees being forced to take six unpaid days off and closing state builidngs those days and not filling vacancies to ease the increased workload, it's going to continue to cause delays in all sectors - food safety, getting what you pay for at the pump, unemployment checks, food assistance, and more.
  • by Kris Location: Dansville on May 8, 2009 at 04:51 AM
    Really anonymous. You don't have a name? I used to work for a GM supplier for many years. This is my first experience with unemployment. By the looks of your paragraph maybe you should go back to school and brush up on your grammar. Do you think it's a fluke that over 500,000 people are umemployed? This is no joke.
  • by Dawn Location: Stockbridge on May 8, 2009 at 04:08 AM
    I heard the story this morning about unemployment. What a lie about it being a 1 time thing. It happened to my fiance 4 weeks ago. He won't get that money until his time is up tho. Gee thanks Michigan.
  • by Andrea Location: Jackson on May 8, 2009 at 01:42 AM
    Oh you mean the alleged 11 positions at the Jackson Coffee Co? sure that'll help the 500,000 out of work. Most likely the computer glitch is a p.i.c.n.i.c. problem...Problem In Chair Not In Computer.
  • by Anonymous on May 7, 2009 at 08:27 PM
    I guess while your waiting 2 get through to them you can put out some apps and get a job some place else jobs are out their just to many people think there above them
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