Federal data show that Maryland was among the slowest states to get unemployment benefits to claimants in October – but state officials say the seemingly long wait times aren’t what they seem.
Under a federal standard, states need to get unemployment payments out within three weeks for 87% of applicants. But a recent analysis by Pew’s Stateline shows that most states are falling short of that standard, with Maryland being the third lowest in the nation.
Just 27.9% of Maryland’s payments went out to applicants within three weeks, according to federal data. Only South Dakota and Kentucky had lower rates, at 18.8% and 27.1% respectively, according to Stateline.