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Record 107,000 Marylanders file for unemployment due to COVID-19 pandemic

BALTIMORE, MD—As the U.S. continues to deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, a record number of Marylanders filed for unemployment over the past week.

The U.S. Department of Labor reported on Thursday that 107,408 Maryland residents applied for first-time unemployment benefits for the week ended April 4, 2020. That marks an increase from last week’s record-breaking figure of 83,536.

The Maryland unemployment website has not yet been updated to process claims from so-called “gig worked” who are now eligible to receive unemployment under the CARES Act.

Across the nation, a total of 6,606,000 filed, a decrease of 261,000 from the previous week. The previous week’s level was revised upward by 219,000 from 6,648,000 to 6,867,000.

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Maryland’s unemployment insurance fund is funded by the payroll taxes that state employers pay.

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