HARRISBURG, Pa. - Five months into this pandemic, and there are some who still haven't received an unemployment check.
On Wednesday Labor Secretary Jerry Oleksiak took questions from lawmakers as to why. Oleksiak rebuffed suggestions the issue is mismanagement.
"In May I informed you that we log in about 80,000 hours of overtime, as of today they worked nearly 242,000," he said.
Oleksiak also pointed out that 98% of claims have been either paid out or deemed ineligible. However, that other 2% is around 30,000 people.
"That 2% is an issue for us and we want to deal with that," Oleksiak said.
And some of those 2% say they need help soon.
The Department of Labor and Industry will have a town hall for the public to ask questions on Thursday at 1 p.m.