Number of weekly jobless claims surge in Iowa, surpass 40,000

Number of weekly jobless claims surge in Iowa, surpass 40,000

California worked with retired state employees and also moved various other staff members to assist refine an avalanche of over 1 million joblessness cases in the middle of a rise of work losses from the coronavirus pandemic, the state claimed Thursday.

The State of IL is taking additional steps to address the unprecedented volume of unemployment benefit claims the department has fielded as a result of COVID-19.

"We encourage Oregonians who have lost their jobs to file claims using our online system to lower wait times by phone", said Krumenauer.

Those with last names beginning with letters A-M will be asked to call on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 7:30am - 6pm. For claims filed under the new emergency unemployment legislation, the weeklong waiting period has been waived, but it may still take 10 to 14 days before you receive a payment.

More than 80,500 initial claims for unemployment benefits were filed the week that ended Saturday, March 21. "In 5 days, the DUA received around twice as many new unemployment claims as were filed during the entire worst month of the Great Recession", the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor said in a tweet.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, The Illinois Department of Employment Security recently adopted emergency rules, allowing temporarily laid off due to a government-imposed or recommended quarantine may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. Additionally, the call center continues to field hundreds of calls per minute, per day. IDES is doing everything possible to support our customers and meet the demand for unemployment benefit inquiries and claims.

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