INDIANAPOLIS — More than 200,000 Hoosiers are receiving unemployment benefits from the state.
People have received at least $276 million in unemployment benefits from Friday through Sunday. An extra $600 million in federal relief is included in this total.
In 2019, the state paid about $230 million in unemployment benefits.
Breaking: Hoosiers received $276 million in unemployment benefits from Friday through this past Sunday. This included the extra $600 in federal relief. The state paid about $230 million in unemployment for all of 2019. @rtv6 pic.twitter.com/I5bVohCBvW— Rafael Sánchez (@RafaelOnTV) April 22, 2020
On Friday, the state says independent contractors, gig workers and self-employed Hoosiers will be able to apply for $600 in benefits as part of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program included in the federal CARES Act. Payments to these workers are expected to start after May 9.
Hoosiers applying for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program so far have had their claims rejected. Since the CARES Act was approved, The Department of Workforce Development has been working to create a new system for these benefits.
New: 202,000 Hoosiers are receiving unemployment. To put that figure in perspective it represents the combined city populations of Carmel, Greenfield, Kokomo & Plainfield. Join us for our virtual town hall on unemployment at 730p on @rtv6 app & RTV6 Facebook #TheRebound:Indiana pic.twitter.com/TABhLzFuB3— Rafael Sánchez (@RafaelOnTV) April 22, 2020