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High volume may delay some unemployment benefits

Apr 07, 2020

Augusta — Last night, tens of thousands of unemployment benefit payments were scheduled to process. Because of the unprecedented volume of people receiving benefits, transfers to financial institutions and Maine Department of Labor's debit card provider were delayed.

This means some of the people who filed their weekly claims on Sunday or Monday, and who were therefore expecting a payment today, will see a delay of 24 to 72 hours in receiving their weekly benefit, according to a Labor Department news release this morning. Recipients are advised to keep checking with their financial institutions.

Weekly certifications can be filed starting on Sunday for the previous week. Those who can wait until later in the week to receive their payments are asked to file anytime Tuesday through Friday.

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