Local office to stop taking jobless claims


Beginning Wednesday, it will no longer be necessary, or possible, to file an unemployment insurance claim at the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation's Westminster office at 125 Airport Drive.

All unemployment insurance matters except appeal hearings will be done by telephone or by mail at P.O. Box 9756, Towson 21284-9756.

The change was made to simplify the process, said Gail Owen, a department spokeswoman.

Carroll County residents can call 410-853-1600 or 1-877-293-4125 to file a claim for unemployment insurance benefits from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Telephone lines are busy Mondays and Fridays. For faster service, call Tuesdays through Thursdays.

Appeal hearings will continue at the Westminster office, which will remain open for people wishing to use Maryland Job Service from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

In April, 1,620 claims were made for unemployment benefits in Carroll County. In February, 2,755 claims were made.

For further information about filing unemployment claims call 410-949-0022 or, if out of the Baltimore metro area, call 1-800- 827-4839. TTY users can call via Maryland Relay.

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