The biggest problems people encounter when filing for unemployment

COVID-19 pandemic leads to surge in unemployment claims

Best ways to get through to UIA if you're having trouble with benefits
Best ways to get through to UIA if you're having trouble with benefits

DETROIT – New unemployment claims have been increasing as states start to put new restrictions in place to deal with a surge in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.

There were 853,000 people who applied for benefits last week, that’s the most since September. In Michigan, another 20,000 people applied for benefits.

Local 4′s Hank Winchester found out that a lot of people are still running into trouble trying to get their benefits.

READ: Michigan father locked in battle with unemployment agency over lack of benefits

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About the Authors:

Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.

Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.