A Lincoln woman speaks out, reflecting emotions of many not receiving unemployment benefits during COVID-19

Frustration is the emotion that many are feeling as they are not receiving benefits during this COVID-19 pandemic and Sue Steston speaks out saying she just wants answers.
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As the quarantine continues, many have filed for unemployment. A Lincoln woman says she qualified but the promised unemployment checks have yet to come.

Frustration is the emotion that many are feeling as they are not receiving benefits during this COVID-19 pandemic and Sue Stetson speaks out saying she just wants answers.
“I don’t have money to put gas in my car,” says Stetson, a retail merchandiser for grocery stores. “I don’t have insurance on my car at the moment because I have no money to pay for my insurance.”
After being approved 5 weeks ago, Stetson has yet to receive unemployment benefits. Now when she tries to talk to a worker, she only gets emails or sent to voicemail. A few weeks ago that was not the case.
“We did everything over the phone, fixed it all up for me everything they said yep you’re qualified it’ll be 21 days here’s your benefit amount,” adds Stetson. “Nothing, I’ve heard not one thing and have not been able to talk to one person since that day.”
Because she faced an eviction notice from her landlord, Stetson sold one of her cars and can not afford to drive the one she has.
“I got an email from my boss saying our clients have canceled all our jobs,” adds Stetson. “You have no work so I had no choice but to sell my car.”
And when she tries to reach the governor’s office, “You press that number, it goes directly into a voicemail for the Department of Labor,” says Stetson.
“Why can’t I talk to the governor himself? Why can’t he actually talk to the citizens and see exactly what’s going on?”
Stetson says she just remains in limbo along with a large number of other Nebraskans who have not received their benefits.
Just after this interview, Stetson updated Channel 8, saying she received a call from unemployment telling her that she has to wait up to two more weeks as they look over her information.

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