Help with jobless benefits available this week
Having trouble receiving unemployment benefits?
If you’re a Mesa County resident and have hit a snag receiving a jobless claim, make plans to speak with a counselor during meetings Thursday through Saturday at the Mesa County Workforce Center, 2897 North Ave.
State counselors will be available at those times and are authorized to handle issues surrounding claims, said Suzie Miller, an employment specialist at the workforce center.
“This is going to be going to be very helpful for people,” she said. “We don’t have the access or authorization to handle claims. That’s why this is so important. This is maybe a way they can get their case cleaned out.”
About 7,000 Mesa County residents received unemployment benefits in December. Handling claims can be difficult for people unaccustomed to the process or unable to figure out how to file claims on the Internet. Getting questions answered via phone can reportedly take three to four hours. And representatives at the local work force center largely are unable to help clear up issues in the benefits program.
Counselors who visited in February were able to help most of about 400 people who showed to resolve issues with their benefits, Miller said.
The counselors are heading back to Grand Junction after learning there is additional need for their assistance, she said.
Counselors will visit with residents in alphabetized order according to the first letter of last names.
The schedule is as follows:
Thursday, 9 a.m.- noon: Last names A-C
Thursday, 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.: Last names D-G
Friday, 9 a.m.- noon: Last names H-L
Friday, 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.: Last names M-Q
Saturday, 8 a.m.- 1p.m.: Last names R-Z