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Montana Issued 45,000 Unemployment Payments Last Week

Montana issued more than 45,000 unemployment payments totalling more than $45 million from Apr. 20 through Apr. 24.

Last week’s payments include an additional $600 from the recent federal coronavirus relief package.

More than 80,000 Montanans filed new unemployment claims in the past month and half as the governor’s office closed businesses in an effort to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry expects to begin issuing payments to the self-employed, gig workers and independent contractors by the end of this week.

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