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“Dear PoPville,

I’m a group fitness instructor out of work due to the Mayor’s orders. I used my initial 6 months of unemployment when the pandemic began, and refiled for the extended weeks this past November, receiving confirmation my claim was reopened and approved. I have not received any benefits since then – going on 8 weeks now.

I’ve made two hours-long calls to DOES over the past couple weeks, and both times the representatives verified my account was eligible, there were no issues, but had no answer as to when I would see funds.

Is anyone else in this boat – all paperwork approved/no red flags on their UI account – and still not receiving benefits? I keep hearing about this ambiguous “mandatory update” to the UI system, but it seems like that’s been going on for weeks and I’m now two rent checks behind.

I’m curious if I’m the only one in this situation or if other people have successfully navigated this system?”


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