NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — On Thursday night the New Haven Board of Alders unanimously voted to provide assistance to low wage workers who are impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, the state is struggling to process all the unemployment claims from people who lost their jobs.

“A lot of these jobs are closing,” said Alder Jeanette Morrison. “These jobs, a lot of our hourly workers cannot pay their bills yet the bills are coming in and so I ask that everyone stands in support of this resolution because we have to get the message out there.”

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The size of the unemployment is hard to come to terms with – 220,000 in the state. More people filed for unemployment claims in Connecticut in the past 18 days than all of 2019. In 2019, 180,000 were filed.

The New Haven Board of Alders held a virtual meeting to discuss providing assistance to low wage workers who are impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. They unanimously passed a resolution designed to help people who normally live paycheck to paycheck, and are now not seeing paychecks at all.

They also voted to get another message out there: It is a stay at home ordinance telling everyone in the Elm City not to leave the house unless it is for essential business, and even then, practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from everyone you see.

Getting back to those state unemployment numbers, Governor Ned Lamont is saying he is “throwing more and more people” at the problem. Right now, there is an estimated five to six week backlog for processing unemployment claims. They say they will get to them, and they will be retroactive to when you filed. So you will get all of the benefits to which you are entitled.

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The bad news is you may not see the first check from the unemployment benefits until the middle of May.