Lawmakers told updating unemployment system could take years

Kentucky

In this photo illustration, a person files an application for unemployment benefits on April 16, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

FRANKFORT, KY (AP) — Kentucky’s labor secretary says fixing the state’s outdated system for processing jobless claims could take up to three years.

Labor Secretary Larry Roberts spoke Tuesday before a legislative panel delving into problems with the pandemic-stressed system.

Roberts says the state is in the latter stages of selecting a contractor to take on the job of reworking and rebuilding the system. But he says that could take two to three years.

He says state officials are looking for ways to make more immediate improvements.

Like other states, Kentucky’s unemployment system was overwhelmed by claims for jobless aid caused by COVID-19.

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