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Filing for unemployment? Most applications will start at a computer

Stores and restaurants are closed, plants have been shut down. Hoosiers across the state out of work and the numbers bear it out.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - It is amazing how suddenly life has changed.

A month ago, coronavirus was a disease that felt distant. Now, it’s touched the life of every American.

For many, the concern goes beyond getting sick. It’s also about financial health.

Stores and restaurants are closed, plants have been shut down. Hoosiers across the state out of work, and the numbers bear it out.

“We had 3,100 Hoosiers file for unemployment insurance benefits this week last year. Over the course in the last three days, the same week a year later, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we’ve had 22,583 Hoosiers file,” Governor Eric Holcomb said.

Filing for unemployment for most people will start at a computer. The state has a website they want residents to use to file a claim. The process takes about 45 minutes. They’re asking people to avoid going into office locations.

Not everyone has internet access, so some offices are still open. Several locations have closed, however, including in Marion County.

You cannot file over the phone, although they will answer to help troubleshoot the online process. However, officials say they are getting flooded with calls with people asking questions.

Before filing a claim, you will need a state-issued ID and recent earning information.

Be aware that once you file, it’ll take some time for a claim to get processed. Getting the first check could take anywhere from 8 to 21 days. Payments will come every week after but know it won’t cover all of what you were making.

"The maximum benefit amount in Indiana is $390, so there becomes a certain point where you reach that cap, but for most individuals, it’s going to be about half of their weekly wage,” said Josh Richardson with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.