4 million more apply for unemployment benefits

    Washington, DC (ABC) - The U.S. Department of Labor reports 26 million Americans have filed for unemployment in the last five weeks.

    Some recipients have complained about the length of time it is taking to get benefits.

    Before the pandemic, it took about two weeks for state labor departments to process unemployment applications.

    The pandemic has greatly increased the amount of time it is taking.

    In Alaska, more than 60,000 people have applied for unemployment benefits, nearly 20 percent of our workforce.

    Some recipients told ABC News that they have waited for five weeks and still have not received a check.

    Labor Departments across the nation report they have been overrun with applications.

    Florida has paid to only nine percent of applicants, North Carolina 33 percent, and Nevada nearly 50 percent.


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