While many workers are worried about expiring benefits, Phoenixville resident Kimberly Snook, who applied for unemployment in mid-March and was found eligible for $212 a week in mid-April, is still waiting to receive her first check, writes Marty Schladen for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star.
The 56-year-old had to leave her job at a local grocery store in late February due to a heart condition that made her unable to lift boxes. Months later, she is struggling to make ends meet while waiting for the money to start coming in.
“If I ever get a job again, and get unemployed again, I don’t want to go through the same hassle,” said Snook.
And she is not alone. According to the state’s Department of Labor and Industry, out of the 1.7 million Pennsylvanians who have applied for unemployment, nearly 140,000 people have yet to receive any of their benefits.
Most are reporting long call wait times and unanswered e-mails when trying to get information on their delayed benefits.
Read more about Kimberly Snook in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star here.