TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – The state has topped 4 million unemployment claims processed since mid-March, when the COVID pandemic slammed Florida’s economy.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity posted numbers Monday that showed 4,006,847 claims had been processed since March 15.

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The department, which administers the unemployment system, had received 4,242,954 claims, with 4,088,202 confirmed as “unique” claims.

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As of Sunday, 2,036,735 claimants had been paid. In all, $17.25 billion in state and federal money had been paid out, with about $3.44 billion in state money.

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