Vigo County unemployment taking direct hit due to COVID-19

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VIGO Co., Ind. (WTWO/WAVW) The impact of COVID-19 is leaving many Hoosiers out of work and Indiana’s unemployment claims are soaring.

“For the week that ended March 14, 2020, there were 2,300 initial claims for unemployment benefits filed. For the week that ended March 21, there were 53,608 claims filed. It tells me that from the same week last year there’s a 2,800% increase,” Indiana Department of Workforce Development Chief of Staff Josh Richardson.

In Vigo County during the week of March 7, there 38 unemployment claims. The week of march 21 there were 892 claims which is a 3,203% increase.

Labor Link staffing in Terre Haute is pushing for clients to file online for unemployment.

“We’ve had one client that shut down for two weeks to clean. We encouraged our employees to please go file for unemployment so that you’re not missing any paychecks coming in,” said owner, Todd Heine.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development said they are confident people will see their unemployment benefits within 21 days of filing.

You can file for unemployment and find answers to common questions about the process here.

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