NYS Department of Labor Announces $9.2 Billion in Unemployment Benefits Paid During Covid-19 Pandemic, Including Nearly $290 Million Released Through New System for Back Pay

Posted to Applied Web NY on Mon, 05/18/2020 - 21:02

The New York State Department of Labor today announced that $9.2 billion in unemployment benefits were paid to New Yorkers since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This figure includes nearly $290 million in back pay that was processed in the last two weeks and which was unlocked through a new, streamlined process that allows New Yorkers to easily submit Federally mandated weekly certifications they had missed, unlocking previous weeks’ benefits.

In total, New York State has now paid more than four years’ worth of benefits in two and a half months.

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