Many people are sharing stories about the difficulty of applying for benefits as such large numbers of applicant swarm the system. Don’t give up. Keep trying. If you cannot seem to be able to get through, try applying during overnight hours. Alternatively, the Department of Economic Opportunity reported today that it will be issuing paper applications for applicants that can then be mailed to the unemployment office in the hopes to relieve the stress from the online system’s malfunctions.
In other unemployment news, on April 1, 2020, the Department of Economic Opportunity announced that the normal one-week waiting period for receiving benefits is being waived through May 8, 2020. Check out the announcement here.