Hundreds In W.Va. Face Benefit Check Delays

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Roughly 1,400 West Virginians waiting on unemployment benefit checks are going to have to wait a little longer.

In November, the U.S. Congress passed a bill extending unemployment compensation eligibility by 20 weeks.

But in West Virginia and several other states, updating computer systems to process the change is causing delays.

Mike Moore with Workforce West Virginia says the benefits should be paid out within the next several weeks.

The delay is frustrating for people like Doddridge County resident Tammy Henry, whose unemployment checks stopped coming in early December.

She says she's having trouble paying her bills while she waits.

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