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Amid backlogs & delays, unemployment system gets new chief

During the nine weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic Idaho has received 136,901 initial unemployment claims, which is 2.3 times the total number of initial claims filed in 2019. (Source: Pixabay)
During the nine weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic Idaho has received 136,901 initial unemployment claims, which is 2.3 times the total number of initial claims filed in 2019. (Source: Pixabay)(KMVT)
Published: May. 27, 2020 at 11:01 AM EDT
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There's been an unexpected change at the top for one state agency that's come under criticism for backlog and delays in getting unemployment checks to laid-off workers.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced this morning that a former state lawmaker with a business background will be the next assistant secretary for the Division of Employment Security.

Pryor Gibson will take the job immediately, while Lockhart Taylor will take a different role at the Department of Commerce. Just what his new job is wasn't mentioned in a news release.

More than a million unemployment claims have been filed in the state, while thousands of people continue to wait on benefits.

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