Another 13,614 residents of central New York filed new unemployment claims last week, according to a Thursday update from the New York Department of Labor.
By comparison, the number of central New Yorkers who filed initial unemployment claims in the same week of last year was only 520.
This brings the total number of 32,437 people in the region in the four weeks since the government sent all non-essential workers home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Statewide, 811,932 people filed initial unemployment claims in the past four weeks, up from 52,507 in the same four weeks of 2019.
About 57,000 New Yorkers in the accommodation and food services industry filed new claims last week. The retail, construction and utilities, health care and social assistance, and transportation and warehousing sectors recorded the fastest job losses.
The number of unemployed people will certainly increase as more and more people complete their unemployment insurance claims. The labor department was unable to manage the number of people calling and using their website. Some people have been waiting for weeks to testify.
The state has worked with Google, Verizon and Deloitte to improve the phone system and the website. The website is expected to close from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today and will reopen at 7:30 am Friday with an improved system.
A change: people who file a claim online will no longer have to call a representative to finalize the claim. If there are unanswered questions about the request, labor staff will return a call to the requester within 72 hours.
This also applies to people who have already applied online and who have been asked to call the ministry. A staff member will call them back, the staff said.
The unemployed begged the state to make the changes.
More on CORONAVIRUS
Coronavirus in NY: Cases, Maps, Graphics and Resources
New York Order Closes Golf Courses, Boat Launches, Marinas and Playgrounds When Coronavirus Stops
Coronavirus at Onondaga Co .: 8% of infected people fighting for life, 15% hospitalized; 442 cases in total
Couple of Crouse medical staff swap house with son to protect children from coronavirus
Complete coronavirus coverage on syracuse.com
Contact Michelle Breidenbach | [email protected] | 315-470-3186.