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Maryland Department of Labor announces 13 weeks of extended unemployment benefits available for eligible claimants

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Labor on Friday announced that Maryland has begun offering an additional 13 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits through the Federal-State Extended Benefits program. Under federal and state law, the Extended Benefits program is available for claimants who have exhausted both their 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits and 13 weeks of the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment …


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Maryland Department of Labor announces payment of 327K unemployment insurance claims during COVID-19 pandemic

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany P. Robinson on Tuesday provided an update about the processing and payment of unemployment insurance claims in Maryland since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the unprecedented volume of claims and hurdles to implementing new federal programs, Maryland has been able to pay 327,649 of the unemployment claims received during the pandemic, …


Maryland unemployment claims rise, over 65,000 filed for unemployment over the past week

NOTTINGHAM, MD—The number of Marylanders filing for first-time unemployment benefits rose compared to the prior week. The U.S. Department of Labor reported on Thursday that 65,262 Maryland residents applied for first-time unemployment benefits for the week ended May 2, 2020. That marks a increase of over 27,000 from last week’s newly-revised figure of 37,925. Across the nation, a total of …

Department of Labor issues clarification with regard to unemployment claimants who inactivated their eligibility

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany P. Robinson on Tuesday provided the following update regarding the state’s unemployment portal: “At Governor Hogan’s direction, we have taken every necessary step to improve the performance of the BEACON One-Stop unemployment insurance application in a matter of days. Claimants experienced zero to minimal wait times on the site on Sunday and Monday, …

Maryland Department of Labor apologizes for unemployment site woes, adds new features to minimize load

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Labor on Monday apologized for recent issues with its unemployment website. Since Friday’s launch of the newly-revamped site, which was overhauled in order to accommodate self-employed individuals and “gig workers” filing for benefits under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, many users have complained that the site is frequently down or non-responsive. “The …

Study: Post-Labor Day school start shows significant economic impact

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Starting school after Labor Day has “a clear, positive impact on both state and local government economies” with a total net economic impact of up to $115 million, according to a new analysis from the Business Economic and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) at Salisbury University. The report, entitled “The Economic, Employment and Fiscal Impacts Of Added Summer Vacation Days …