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NYS has paid out billions in unemployment, as claims get caught up

New York has paid out a mind boggling $10 billion in unemployment claims since March as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the economy.

While some businesses are starting to reopen – officials said the benefits paid out in the last two months are nearly five times that paid out in 2019.

A backlog of 7,580 claims remain. Officials say those having missing information, are duplicates, or have been abandoned.

“No one could have predicted the wave of unemployment applications that crashed over the United States because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and every state is struggling — but New York has moved faster than any other state to address our backlog and get money into New Yorkers’ hands. To date, we have paid out over $10 billion dollars during this crisis, compared to just $2.1 billion in total last year,” said Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon.