More than 10,000 seek extra jobless benefits

December 12, 2009

More than 10,000 Marylanders have applied online for newly available federal unemployment benefits that extend by 14 weeks the time out-of-work residents can collect, the state said Friday. The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation needed time to reconfigure its system to allow people to get the additional payments - which were approved by Congress last month - but said eligible residents can get payments for the weeks beginning Nov. 8 retroactively. It said the state is one of the first to allow people to apply for the money. The agency recommends applying online at mdunemployment.com.

- Jamie Smith Hopkins | The Baltimore Sun

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