Wayne and surrounding counties are experiencing an increase in the number of individuals filing for unemployment because of the novel coronavirus, and the region’s workforce development board is offering information about available assistance.

All claims for Unemployment Insurance must be filed online at https://www.in.gov/dwd/3474.htm.

As of Thursday, the Connersville and Muncie offices of Eastern Indiana Works’ WorkOne Offices are open to public access. Eastern Indiana Works serves residents of Wayne, Fayette, Henry, Randolph, Blackford, Delaware, Jay, Rush and Union counties.

However, because of implementation of social distancing to combat the spread of COVID-19, computer access and resources for filing for Unemployment Insurance are very limited.

Individuals attempting to file for Unemployment Insurance at any of Eastern Indiana Works’ WorkOne locations will experience extended wait times.

Eastern Indiana Works encourages those who have home internet access to file for Unemployment Insurance there in order to avoid potential delays.

For more information, call Eastern Indiana Works at (765) 282-6400, or state customer service specialists at (800) 891-6499. Or, visit https://www.in.gov/dwd/files/Claimant_Handbook.pdf and https://www.in.gov/dwd/3468.htm

Eastern Indiana Works offers career coaching and enrollment services via TeleCoach. These options are for career coaching and enrollment services for Job Seekers but are not utilized for Unemployment Insurance filing.

For the most current information about Eastern Indiana Works service delivery and locations, visit www.easternindianaworks.org/locations.

Eastern Indiana Works provides public and private financial and employment resources to businesses and individuals for education and skills training that meets employer demand.

A nonprofit organization, Eastern Indiana Works develops high-level strategies and policies that determine how public and private funds are utilized to support region-wide talent development. Eastern Indiana Works also operates and staffs the WorkOne Eastern Career Centers in the region.

DWD to host statewide unemployment insurance webinars for Hoosiers impacted by COVID
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will host two live webinars for Hoosiers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
The 30-minute live programs will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, and at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25.
The program will cover unemployment eligibility requirements, the formula and amounts determined by Indiana State Statute for benefit amounts, frequently asked questions—and how to apply for benefits.
“We are taking these measures to help the public better understand the process and, most importantly, how to apply for benefits,” DWD Commissioner Fred Payne said. “During this time of uncertainty, we want to provide as much information to the public as we possibly can, and the live webinars are part of those efforts.”
Important notice: The number of attendees on live will be limited to the first 500 who are online for each event. Up to 5,000 can register for each of the two. The program will be recorded and made available to all who register. Once recorded, the program will then be posted on the special landing page established by DWD: www.in.gov/dwd/19.htm.
To register, visit: https://on.in.gov/UI2020

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