New York State's unemployment system "collapsed" under the weight of skyrocketing unemployment claims, Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed at a Tuesday press conference, a sign of the dire economic straits both there and throughout the rest of the country due to the government-mandated shutdowns that have ceased much of the nation's economic activity.
Cuomo said the state had to hire 1,000 workers just to process the backlog of unemployment claims. Those employees have whittled the number of claims to around 4,300, down from 275,000 at the beginning of the month.
Cuomo said that both Google and experts were also at work attempting to get the unemployment system in working order.
"They are trying to bring up a system that did a much, much lower capacity," he said.