INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - We continue our focus on the unemployment as we follow themoney. Department of Workforce Development leaders told us thatthey've already paid more than $6 million in benefits.
So we asked our viewers on Facebook whether they'd gotten theirvouchers and subsequent payments. Many of viewers responded. Mosthave not yet gotten payments. But a few are very relieved.It’s money they need now.
Stephen Ketchum, 21 is back at home with his mom and dad. He hadbeen living at the apartment complex where he worked. Then he gotlaid off.
Asked what it was like to return home he answered, "I didn'treally like it."
Neither did his mom and dad. They love their kids dearly, butthree of the four have been laid off. Two are back home. Dad is theonly one in the home working.
"It's harder on my husband. He's a plumber, and his job is slowright now cause there ain't no houses being built," said TinaDavis, Ketchum's mother.
Ketchum feels his parents' pain. He says he's trying. He'sapplied everywhere.
"Scrapyards, warehouses, fast food, still nothin'," saidKetchum
But without a high school diploma, a good job - any job - ishard to find. When Ketchum's unemployment benefits stopped lastmonth, the family budget went bust. Kechum was desperate - checkingthe Department of Workforce Development's online filing sitedaily.
Then Thursday, this from the department's commissioner.
"We've already processed about a third of the people, andmany of them have gone online and they've done what they need todo, so some six million dollars has been dispensed to thoseindividuals as of this morning," said DWD Commissioner MarkEverson.
Ketchum is one of those individuals. He filled out his voucherson Wednesday and got 158 dollars on Thursday.
"I didn't know I was going to get it that quick; didn't evenknow if I was gonna be able to get it," said Ketchum.
Many of you have asked us why you haven't gotten retroactivevoucher for the eight weeks you weren't paid while Congress debatedthe extensions. It may be that you received a check for all thebenefits in one tier. DWD leaders say the computer program willautomatically move you to the next tier, then issue your voucherand subsequent payment.
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