The Delaware Department of Labor has paid out more than $890 million in jobless claims since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
That’s the equivalent of $900 for every resident of the state.
A combination of money from the federal government and the state’s unemployment insurance program fund the benefits. Employees and employers fund the insurance program.
In a graphic released on Thursday, the Labor Department listed the following:
- 138,191 unemployment insurance claims filed from March 14 to Sept. 12.
- 1,598 initial claims received from Sept. 6 through Sept. 12
Total benefits paid through Sept. 12 (pandemic period beginning in Mid March)
- $807,862,906 in unemployment benefits paid
- $559,263,044 paid from Federal Government
- $235,029,296 paid from Delaware Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund
- 11,584 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims filed since May 16
- 9,817 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims paid since May 16
- $85,781,190 in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits paid since May 16.
The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program expired at the end of July. The program paid out $600 a week in benefits.
Delaware has seen a decline in weekly jobless claims, although the figure has flattened and not dropped further.