She waited half a year for her unemployment benefits. What that delay cost her

Erin Madden applied for jobless benefits in mid-March. She didn’t receive them until September. Such delays are becoming more common during the pandemic and can have dire consequences.

News Story (NATIONAL)

Annie Nova
October 17, 2020

Tags: COVID-19, Unemployment, Unemployment Insurance


When the pandemic halted American life in mid-March, Madden was furloughed from her job as a bartender at the Hollywood Burbank Airport and immediately applied for jobless benefits. Yet like many people who’ve lost their income due to the public health crisis, her claim got caught up in an unemployment system that has been flooded with a gargantuan wave of applications. More than 45 million people in the country have filed for the benefits during the pandemic and more than 800,000 applications continue to pour in each week.

Madden said she never received a clear explanation why her benefits took so long to arrive.

“Nothing other than that there was ‘an enormous backlog of claims to rectify,’” she said.