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State officials won’t release unemployment office budget

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / APRIL 2020
                                Hawaii’s labor department set up a call center at the Hawai‘i Convention Center last year to handle the surge in unemployment claims. The facility has charged the state several million dollars for its use. Work stations were set up last year to process claims.

    STAR-ADVERTISER / APRIL 2020

    Hawaii’s labor department set up a call center at the Hawai‘i Convention Center last year to handle the surge in unemployment claims. The facility has charged the state several million dollars for its use. Work stations were set up last year to process claims.

As state House leaders finalized their version of the biennial budget last week, they announced they had appropriated $105 million to Hawaii’s labor department to tackle a massive problem: thousands of unpaid unemployment claims and a call center so overwhelmed that some residents have tried for months to get through to an agent without success. Read more

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