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State says 99% of eligible unemployment claimants receiving benefits in 'timely manner'

Department of Labor to release more unemployment numbers Thursday
Posted at 8:51 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 11:50:18-04

MICH. — Michigan says more than 99% of unemployment claimants are receiving their benefits in a "timely manner."

They say this is according to the U.S. Department of Labor guidelines.

However, the director of the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, Jeff Donofrio, says they're still working to make improvements.

“Around $745 million in unemployment payments have already gone to more than 725,000 claimants – and those numbers are increasing every day. We know there is more work to do to improve our systems and we’re committed to quickly providing every dollar of emergency financial assistance our workers are entitled to.”

According to the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, there are 744,654 active claims in comparison 363,212 in 2009, the highest active claim total during the great recession.

Donofrio said in a statement, “We continue to see the deep economic pain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic across the nation and in Michigan, where a quarter of our workforce has filed for unemployment. We appreciate the patience of our working families as we process the historic need for benefits,”