Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Ohio unemployment hotline callers get busy signal

Much like Michigan and New York, people in Ohio who are eager to get in touch with a person on the other end of the unemployment hot-line have been getting a busy signal or disconnected.

From newsnet5

Ohio Unemployment Claim Systems Overwhelmed

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio is one of several states where unemployment claims systems have buckled under an onslaught of telephone calls and Web site hits.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says callers have been unable to get through this week. Spokesman Brian Harter said Tuesday the section of the state's Web site that enables people to make claims online is down.

Harter said the telephone hot line generally receives about 7,500 calls a day, but has been getting about 80,000 each of the past two days.

Unemployment claims systems in New York and North Carolina are experiencing similar problems due to a surge in callers.

Read more about other states' unemployment systems going down/being busy here:
New York

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