Some Marylanders whose financial plights were devastated by COVID-19 are now finding themselves in further distress because of one of the very safety nets meant to help them. More than 44,000 residents who lost their jobs and filed for unemployment are now being told they were paid too much and must give some of it back so the state can reconcile benefit amounts under federal law. The news comes as many residents still are not working and have no means to return the money, totaling $145 million in the six months from September through February for everyone who received an overpayment. The average overpayment is a little over $3,700. Many also can’t afford reductions in future checks.
State labor department abandons unemployed again
March 30, 2021