JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi agency that handles claims for jobless benefits is getting 10 times the usual number of phone calls as people seek help amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Mississippi unemployment claims are rising quickly, as they are across the country,” Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday on Twitter. “We are working hard to deal with the massive influx and take care of our people." Jackie Turner, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, told WAPT-TV on Wednesday that the center is receiving 6,000 calls a day, up from the usual 600. "There are only so many lines coming into the agency and quite honestly, they're jammed," Turner said. The Health Department said Thursday that Mississippi had...
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Mississippi Jobless Claims Tough to File as Virus Ups Demand