The process of applying for unemployment is one of the biggest issues currently facing policymakers in Washington, D.C., and the economy as a whole. Despite recent progress in the jobless rate, the U.S. Department of Labor indicated that weekly applications for unemployment benefits rose to 386,000 across the nation at the beginning of June – an increase of 6,000, according to The Washington Post.
In addition to this fluctuation, it seems that those people currently seeking jobless aid must deal with an increasingly complex application system. CNNMoney reports that Congress has passed new rules in 2012 that require out-of-work Americans to be assessed in-person before receiving federal money. Applicants must visit a nearby One-Stop Career Center in order for government officials to determine their eligibility. Some states are also increasing paperwork requirements.
“It’s an opportunity for someone to sit down and see what’s changed about them and the job market,” said Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services’ Ben Johnson to the news source.
However, many states across the nation are struggling to find enough room to meet and interview the 9 million unemployed Americans expected to attend these sessions through the rest of 2012.