According to the agency spearheading the portal, the Division of Unemployment Insurance, the new one-stop application process was subjected to “rigorous testing,” but couldn’t meet the immediate demand.
The agency is telling people to return later Friday morning while the third-party vendor fixes the issue.
According to Ricci, eligible people include those who are eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Insurance and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation.
People who aren’t normally eligible for unemployment – including gig workers, sole proprietors, independent contractors and the self-employed – will be eligible to apply for a maximum 39 weeks until Dec. 31, 2020.
Like people in most states that shut down “non-essential businesses” in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, hundreds of thousands of Marylanders have been left jobless.