High Unemployment Claims Continue in Mississippi

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi continues to see high numbers of claims for unemployment benefits. Between March 14th and May 16th the state processed nearly 270,000 claims; as of May 9th over 208,000 people in Mississippi were receiving unemployment benefits. Before the pandemic the state normally received about 1000 unemployment claims per week. Governor Tate Reeves says he will ask legislators to spend part of Mississippi’s federal coronavirus relief money on workforce training programs that emphasize technology jobs; his goal is to ensure that people now making $10 or $12 an hour could train for other jobs that pay up to $20 an hour.


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