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New Unemployment Numbers Released For Mississippi And Alabama

Updated: Jun 26

Today, the U.S. Department of labor released new numbers reporting the national number of unemployment claims filed last week, being down by 60,000 from the previous week.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 15,140 Mississippians filed for initial unemployment benefits in the week of May 20, and in Alabama 18,061. Compared to the week of June 13, there were 3,267 less claims filed in Mississippi and less than 306 in Alabama.

Although there are less unemployment claims being filed, there have been reports of an increase in unemployment insurance frauds during the pandemic. Last week, to further prevent these frauds the U.S. Department of Labor issued guidance to help ensure the accuracy of unemployment claims made due to the implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

By using the Benefit Accuracy Measurement program, states will be able to select representative samples of payments and disqualifying ineligibility determinations to understand if payments were properly administered to claimants and if the claimants were paid the appropriate amount or appropriately denied.

With this program, unemployment claims that were overpaid, underpaid or improperly denied will be reviewed by the program, which will locate the cause of the error and those responsible, and also the actions taken by the agency and employers prior to the error.

Last week, when addressing this newly issued guidance, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training, John Pallasch stated “It is vital, now more than ever, that states exercise due diligence in the administration of their unemployment insurance programs to ensure taxpayer funds are spent properly”.

Both the Mississippi Department of Employment Security and The Alabama Department of Labor allow for you to file unemployment claims online.

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