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14,000% Increase in Mississippi Unemployment Claims

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Between March 14th and April 11th nearly 130,000 Mississippians filed for unemployment benefits, a 14,000% increase from the normal 1000 claims per week. The Mississippi Department of Employment Security has added staff and is working seven days a week but people are still having trouble reaching the agency to apply for benefits because of the high demand.

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