Md. Labor says they've processed nearly 94% of unemployment claims, totaling $7.5 billion

Posted at 1:27 PM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 13:27:36-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland Department of Labor says they've processed 738,293 out of 788,198 unemployment claims since March 9, which equates to 93.7 percent.

Out of those, 622,091 or 78.9 percent have been approved for state and/or federal benefits, valued at a total of $7.5 billion.

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The remaining 116,202 or 14.7 percent were denied for reasons such as discrepancies found in why the applicant was unemployed and monetary income.

Approximately 47,700 or 6 percent of claims are disputed and pending further investigation, usually due to conflicting information provided by the claimant and the their previous employer.

Then there are those claims filed from out of state, many of which are found to be fraudulent.

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Of the 104,553 potentially fraudulent out-of-state claims, 95,530 or 91.4 percent have either not uploaded the required verification documentation or they have and it has been denied.

A total of 75,191 in-state claims have also been flagged as potentially fraudulent.

Currently 7,255 potentially fraudulent claims are still under review.