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Workers suddenly found themselves out of work after Gov. Cuomo said all of the state’s restaurants, bars, movie theaters, gyms and casinos would close by 8 p.m. Monday to contain the outbreak.
The Department of Labor was then flooded with applications for unemployment benefits.
Applications are accepted from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
DOL spokeswoman Deanna Cohen, told the paper, the department saw a “spike in volume comparable to post 9/11.”
More than 700 staffers are assigned to handle the high demand.
The DOL on Sunday waived a seven-day waiting period on unemployment benefits for people out of work due to coronavirus.