In addition, Gov. Scott has asked the Legislature to add another $100 per week in benefits.
Organizers of a Woodstock-based community fund say prospective donors are calling to find out when they can give more money.
Scott announced Friday that he had promoted Michael Harrington to serve as the labor department’s commissioner. He had served as interim commissioner since 2019.
While some continue to wait to receive any payments at all, others who had started receiving benefits had their payments stop.
After weeks of being overwhelmed by a claims logjam, Commissioner Michael Harrington says thousands of claims have been cleared and caller wait time is down.
Jory Innes became one of many Vermonters inadvertently drawn into the role of untrained helper and supporter as thousands of people navigate the backlogged DOL system.
The Department of Labor cleared a backlog of nearly 32,000 claims over the weekend, but checks will be in the mail Monday to the 8,384 people whose issues weren’t resolved.
If the Department of Labor system isn’t accepting unemployment claims properly by Saturday night, Gov. Phil Scott says the state will start sending $1,200 to people who have been unable to get through online and by phone.
‘We need to do better,’ the governor said, as Vermonters say they face major delays resolving issues with unemployment claims.
The state is asking Vermonters to contact the Department of Labor about unemployment claims on certain days depending on their last names.
Estimates are that one out of three Vermonters could be out of work.
Critics claim increased unemployment benefits create an incentive to quit work.
Many people will start receiving a $600 federal unemployment subsidy this week. But for the self-employed and independent contractors, the wait is going to be longer.
State officials estimate there are between 30,000 and 60,000 self-employed Vermonters at any given time.