For thousands of jobless Marylanders, the unemployment benefits that have brought relief in the pandemic are now triggering new stress. The state wants money back. More than 44,000 unemployment insurance claimants received overpayment notices totaling over $145 million in the six months from September through February, officials with the Maryland Department of Labor said. The notices warn of “legal action” to collect overpayments from claimants if they do not repay what the state says is owed — and many who are still receiving benefits are seeing their weekly allocations reduced to go toward the debt.
Unemployment payments kept them afloat during COVID. Now Maryland wants money back.
March 26, 2021