The fall in the state's unemployment claims comes as state and law enforcement officials investigate a Nigerian fraud ring, dubbed "Scattered Canary" by fraud experts, that may have filed hundreds of millions of dollars in bogus claims for jobless benefits from the ESD.
The data released Thursday morning by the U.S. Department of Labor showing about 2.1 million unemployment claims around the country for the week ending May 23, bringing the country's total jobless applicants to about 40 million since mid-March. "I was hoping for a lower number, but looking at some of the other counties makes me realize ours could have been much worse".More news: After Historic Launch, Capsule Docks With International Space Station
ESD officials have not released an estimate of how numerous 1,130,519 individuals who have filed claims since the start of the pandemic were legitimate filers. The seasonally adjusted rate of 14.7 percent surpassed the previous all-time high figure of 12.9 percent in January 1983. Grundy County ranked third-highest with a rate of 25.3%, which is a 21.1 percentage point spike when compared to March's rate. South Dakota's April rate was 10.2%.
Officials announced earlier this month that statewide unemployment reached a historic high in April.More news: J.R. Smith beats up alleged vandal during George Floyd protests
"This urgent hiring effort will further enhance the department's ability to process an unprecedented increase in benefit claims, while offering an employment opportunity for Californians during this hard time", said EDD Director Sharon Hilliard. A complete in-depth analysis of unemployment data for each of Tennessee's counties is available here.
EDD is collaborating with the California Department of Human Resources, the California Highway Patrol, and California Correctional Healthcare Services to evaluate, interview, and hire approximately 1,800 state employees.More news: Hardik Pandya, Natasa expecting their first child