State replacing unemployment checks with debit cards

Andrew Cannarsa
The state of Maryland has replaced paper unemployment insurance checks with the Maryland Unemployment Insurance Benefit Prepaid Debit Card, effective Monday for new applicants, according to the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

The card will save time and money for DLLR in postage, paper, staff time and processing cards and increase convenience for people who normally rely on check-cashing services to access the funds.

People who were receiving unemployment benefits before today will continue to receive paper checks, according to DLLR.
Maryland’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in October, or more than 146,000 people, according to DLLR.
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