ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland's Department of Labor on Thursday updated the current status on approved unemployment payments and pending applications filed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The agency says its paid out over $2.2 Billion in unemployment benefits, from March 9 to June 6.
Out of that amount, $1,552,076,707 went towards regular benefits, $633,452,108 to PUA, and $28,737,901 for PEUC benefits.
So far 528,919 claims have been filed, 458,115 (86.6%) of which have been processed. Of those 361,578 (68.4%) were approved to receive benefits.
The other 96,537(18.2%) applicants were denied largely because of issues on why or how the applicant became unemployed from their last job.
Currently there are 70,804 (13.4%) claims awaiting final approval or denial. Those claims have one or more problems blocking applicants from receiving payment.
By the end of the week, the department plans to implement an IT solution that would streamline over 78% of those claims still being adjudicated.