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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.
Montana Department of Labor and Industry
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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.