Indiana Posts Armed Guards At All State Unemployment Offices As 99-Week Jobless Benefits Start To Expire

Posted By on November 1, 2010

The new normal is not pleasant, and nobody wants to see this!   The overall cost for the Indiana security is $1 million, paid for with federal funds designated for administration of the unemployment system. 

Indiana unemployment offices are starting to add armed security guards. The official explanation: “Armed security guards will be on hand at 36 unemployment offices around Indiana in what state officials said is a step to improve safety and make branch security more consistent.” Why the need to improve safety all of a sudden? The 99 weeks of benefits cliff of course.

More from Indiana news on what is a hint of things to come elsewhere.

No specific incidents prompted the action, Department of Workforce Development spokesman Marc Lotter told 6News’ Norman Cox.

Lotter said the agency is merely being cautious with the approach of an early-December deadline when thousands of Indiana residents could see their unemployment benefits end after exhausting the maximum 99 weeks provided through multiple federal extension periods.

“Given the upcoming expiration of the federal extensions and the increased stress on some of the unemployed, we thought added security would provide an extra level of protection for our employees and clients
,” he said.

Some offices have had guards for nearly two years but those guards were hired on a regional basis, meaning some offices had armed guards while others did not, Lotter said.

The cost of the armed guards varies dramatically around the state. Lotter said the agency is trying to be more consistent and that it plans to employ armed guards in all 36 offices where unemployment insurance benefits are handled.

The overall cost for the security is $1 million, paid for with federal funds designated for administration of the unemployment system, Lotter said.

Other agency offices that provide job training or are not full-service branches will continue to have unarmed guards.

Lotter said state employees in the affected offices have also recently gone through stress-management training in which they learn how to respond appropriately to angry clients.

“This is a stressful time for people in the economy,” he said. “That’s why we’re not only taking this step (of hiring guards), but we’re also increasing our training for our staff to be able to help people as they’re trying to cope with these changes.”

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