Nearly 300,000 Jobless Claims Since Pandemic Orders Began

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — The Mississippi Department of Employment Security has received more than 290,000 jobless claims since COVID-19 ravaged the economy but Mississippi Today says the number of people actually receiving unemployment benefits is a mystery. Federal data shows on average about 30,000 jobless Mississippians have filed new unemployment claims each week since March 15th and last week 200,000 people were still filing weekly claims. The state had an 18.8 unemployment rate for the week ending May 2nd, eighth highest in the country…that’s up from 15.6 percent in April and 4.8 percent in March. Neighboring Tennessee has received nearly 559,000 new unemployment claims since March 15th and just over 333,000 claims have been paid for a total of $375,000…however the number of new weekly claims in Tennessee has been declining for eight weeks with just 26,000 new claims last week.

 


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