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Unemployment Claims on the Rise

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Over the past decade people across the country have flocked to North Dakota for the job market, but that's creating some back-ups for unemployment insurance claims.

Since the oil boom has brought endless job opportunities to the state, North Dakota Job Service says they have seen a significant increase in the number of claimants filing from out of state in North Dakota. In the last ten years the number has more than doubled, and now, 40 percent of claimants are from out of state.

Darren Brostrom the director of Unemployment Insurance says out-of-state claims take much longer to process than in-state and has created a backlog.

"We have created some technologies. Internet claims are very popular, and that helps us because it pulls some of our staff away from processing those claims via telephone, but we still have to hand process a lot of out of state claims so that does slow us down," he says.

Brostrom also says there are certain federal guidelines that require most out of state claims to be hand processed.

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