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State DOL pays out more than $3B since early March

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Officials with the State Department of Labor have distributed more than $3 billion in unemployment benefits since the beginning of COVID-19’s impact on New York businesses early last month.

During that time, more than 1.4 million New Yorkers have submitted completed applications for unemployment benefits, which now include traditional unemployment insurance and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance – providing benefits for those not covered by traditional benefits.

Applications to either program can now be submitted through a single, streamlined online application located HERE. (tag with

“Every state is facing major challenges when it comes to unemployment, but in New York we are upgrading our systems in real time while delivering benefits to New Yorkers faster and more aggressively than any other state,” NYSDOL Commissioner Roberta Reardon said. “I’ve been unemployed myself — I know that losing your job is one of the most trying situations someone can face — and while there is more work to do, we have connected over one million New Yorkers with billions of dollars in benefits in just six weeks. We will keep working around the clock seven days a week to ensure every single New Yorker gets every single dollar they deserve.”

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