- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama residents receiving unemployment compensation will soon get new debit cards.

The state Department of Labor said in a news release Thursday that the agency is switching service providers and will be mailing out new cards in January.

All of those receiving unemployment who currently use a debit card will receive a new one.

State officials say those who are receiving benefits by direct deposit to a personal bank account will not be affected by the change.

Officials strongly urge recipients to make sure the Department of Labor has a valid current address on file.

Any updates must be made prior to Jan. 1. Changes can be made by calling 1-800-361-4524 or by visiting the Labor Department website and selecting “change personal information.”

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