BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Despite the Memorial Day holiday, the Maryland Department of Labor said it will have employees available to answer unemployment questions over the phone on Monday.

The department said staff will be answering calls from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Labor department offices remain closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.

People who normally get their unemployment benefits on Tuesdays will instead get them on Wednesday, May 27, officials said.

CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES: 

Last week, more than 51,000 Marylanders filed for unemployment.

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, the number of Marylanders seeking unemployment benefits has increased significantly, leaving some waiting weeks or months to get any help.

The state launched a new unemployment filing application last month, but initial technical issues led to further headaches.

Earlier this month, more than 1,100 Marylanders signed up to testify at a Senate hearing about their difficulties getting benefits.

Now, there is a petition on change.org.

People are requesting the state hire a new company to handle calls and applications and to stop the weekly required Webcert.

More than 700 people have signed it.

For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.

Comments (3)
  1. Trump took your jobs says:

    Thank you Donald Trump for the highest unemployment in history because early on you said it was no worse than the flu, would go away in warm weather and can be cured by injecting disinfectants & taking malaria drugs………..
    (and went and played gold today)- how great does America look right now?

    Trump did NOTHING until the end of January!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Chris says:

    No they won’t.. called all weekend even during the times.. I got no person despite it trying to go through

  3. Luigi Salvi says:

    They did not answer calls on Memorial Day, the number said offices are closed despite saying they would be open and taking calls. I have sent over 50 emails over the last month to both the unemployment inquiry email and to Beacon just asking them to please re-open my claim (which is just the push of a button) for I have not been able to file webcerts for over 8 weeks and have gotten no reply from anyone. Can not get through on the phone, its always busy. Something has to be done to get this sorted. They need to get those who have been waiting the longest sorted first and make them priority.

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