State pays $68M in unemployment benefits

Between April 17 and Thursday, the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations distributed $68,097,470 in unemployment insurance benefits.

According to the state, $44,848,600 of that total includes the $600-a-week bonus made available by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law on March 27.

“The department was able to deliver a record level of benefits in a week, and for that I am tremendously grateful for our workers,” DLIR Director Scott Murakami said in a statement. “We know that there are still many in our community who are suffering and with the help of our sister departments, the Legislature, private sector partners and nonprofits, we are resolute in providing a greater level of relief as soon as possible.”

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