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Montana Paid More Than $55 Million In Unemployment Last Week

Unemployment insurance claim filings From Mar. 5, 2020 through May 9, 2020.
Unemployment insurance claim filings From Mar. 5, 2020 through May 9, 2020.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry paid out more than $55 million in unemployment last week.

The total includes regular unemployment payments, expanded pandemic assistance and the $600 weekly addition from the federal CARES Act.

Filings for initial unemployment insurance claims peaked in early April a few weeks after state-mandated business closures went into effect to limit the spread of the covid-19 illness.

Continued unemployment claims peaked at the end of April and have been slowly decreasing since, as businesses start reopening.

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