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Newly unemployed workers struggle through unemployment process

The coronavirus has taken jobs away from millions of hardworking Americans. Many of them are left to struggle through the unemployment process.

Posted: Apr 28, 2020 9:15 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The coronavirus has taken jobs away from millions of hardworking Americans.

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security director says since this pandemic, they've been receiving upwards of 6,000 calls a day.

Most people have not been able to get through.

Joshua Livesay works as a cook at Downunder International Pub in Tupelo.

Because of the coronavirus, he and his coworker Kyle Miller’s careers have come to a screeching halt.

“I’ve been working for 16 years and I’ve never been without a job," said Livesay.

After trying to file for unemployment, the restaurant duo says the process only makes them feel re-victimized all over again.

“Going onto the website, which looks like it’s from 1994, it's very difficult to navigate,” said Livesay

“When I filed my weekly claim, it told me that I had to call the center to receive my unemployment,” Miller agreed.

Miller says he resorted to calling the unemployment call center 100 times a day and still wasn't able to get anyone on the other end of the phone.

So far, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security started offering Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, benefits offered to anyone affected by the coronavirus.

But, Livesay says it still doesn't make the process any easier.

“They were asking us reasons why we quit our job and if we have another job lined up and ready for it. With everything that’s going on, it should just be a simple disaster,” said Livesay.

Miller and Livesay say they hope restaurants will be able to fully reopen on May 11, after the 'Safer at Home' mandate expires.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 30900

Reported Deaths: 1111
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds249840
DeSoto159416
Madison130034
Jones112449
Neshoba98871
Rankin93412
Harrison91211
Lauderdale90979
Forrest86942
Scott77115
Jackson62216
Copiah60215
Washington5849
Leake57819
Holmes55341
Lee54718
Wayne54513
Oktibbeha54126
Warren51518
Yazoo5096
Leflore48751
Grenada4835
Lowndes48313
Lincoln46034
Lamar4587
Pike43112
Monroe40130
Lafayette3914
Sunflower3727
Attala36023
Covington3565
Panola3506
Newton3399
Bolivar33414
Simpson3173
Adams31118
Pontotoc2866
Tate28310
Marion28111
Chickasaw27718
Claiborne27410
Noxubee2638
Jasper2626
Winston2616
Pearl River25432
Clay25010
Marshall2323
Smith21811
Clarke20724
Union2079
Coahoma2016
Walthall1995
Kemper17914
Lawrence1772
Yalobusha1707
Carroll16511
Humphreys1479
Tallahatchie1364
Itawamba1358
Montgomery1322
Calhoun1304
Tippah13011
Hancock12813
Webster12710
Jefferson Davis1114
Prentiss1083
Jefferson1073
Greene1058
Tunica1003
Wilkinson949
Amite912
George883
Tishomingo801
Quitman760
Choctaw744
Alcorn692
Perry664
Stone651
Franklin452
Sharkey370
Benton360
Issaquena91
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 41362

Reported Deaths: 983
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson5221152
Montgomery4127103
Mobile4080134
Tuscaloosa228842
Marshall171110
Madison14307
Lee138437
Shelby128423
Morgan11025
Walker93924
Elmore92514
Franklin89514
Dallas8809
Baldwin8649
Etowah73913
DeKalb7195
Butler63328
Chambers62927
Autauga60712
Tallapoosa59169
Russell5520
Unassigned50323
Houston4964
Limestone4950
Lauderdale4906
Lowndes47221
Cullman4524
Pike4295
Colbert3956
St. Clair3822
Coffee3772
Bullock36910
Covington3587
Calhoun3545
Escambia3506
Barbour3492
Hale31121
Talladega3097
Marengo30211
Wilcox2918
Dale2880
Sumter28512
Clarke2746
Jackson2732
Winston2583
Chilton2462
Blount2351
Monroe2352
Pickens2356
Marion22413
Conecuh2097
Randolph2069
Choctaw19512
Macon1949
Bibb1901
Greene1868
Perry1771
Henry1343
Crenshaw1253
Washington1097
Lawrence1080
Cherokee977
Geneva800
Lamar771
Fayette701
Clay652
Coosa581
Cleburne361
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