BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – As the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Governor Andy Beshear ordered non-essential businesses to close their doors and have employees work from home if possible. However, working from home was not an option for many Kentuckians, who then sought unemployment benefits.
State auditor Mike Harmon said during the week of March 21, 2020, at least 49,000 people applied for those benefits. The next week, that number was up to well over 100,000.
“Which brings us to why I’m here, which is discuss two recent audits that are of great interest to the business community as well as the state as a whole,” Harmon said as he was speaking to local businesses and the chamber. “Multiple problems within the unemployment insurance systems were detailed in the first and second volumes of our statewide single audit.”
One of the most notable findings of this audit was that about 400,000