Delaware Public Media

Weekly unemployment claims in Delaware remain above 3,000

Jun 11, 2020

New unemployment claims have levelled off in Delaware, but remain way above average. 

The state Department of Labor counts 3,037 claims and more than $45 million in total payments for the week ending June 6. 

And Division of Unemployment Insurance Director Darryl Scott says the division continues to work through a backlog of claims created by last week’s technical error with the state’s newly created Pandemic Unemployment Insurance program. 

“We haven’t repeated the error again and since that we’ve paid over 2,000 claimants so we’re making progress towards the backlog,” said Scott.  

Scott says his division approved another 25 new hires this week and ordered more equipment. 

Delaware has paid out more than $372 million in unemployment benefits and received more than 106,000 claims since the start of the pandemic. 

That exceeds the amount the division received in the previous three years.