Kentucky extends contract for help processing jobless claims

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FILE – In this Feb. 19, 2020 file photo Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks to the press at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Beshear says protesters who hung an effigy of him were trying to use “fear and terror” to force their will on others. The Democratic governor on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 referred to the protesters as a mob. He said he won’t back down as he condemned the rally that spread to where his children play at the Governor’s Mansion. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s governor says the state will extend its contract with an outside company hired to help work through a backlog of unemployment claims amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Gov. Andy Beshear said Friday the contract with Ernst & Young will be prolonged by five weeks at a cost of $4.4 million. Beshear says the company helped process more than 56,000 claims under its original contract, exceeding expectations.

He says coronavirus-relief funds from the federal government will pay for the original contract, which was about to expire, and the extension. The company dug into the most complex claims that stalled for months.

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(This story was originally published on July 25, 2020)

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