Over two hundred thousand Minnesotans have filed for unemployment in the last two weeks.

“We have received 239,263 applications since March 16th,” said Steve Grove, director of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. “That means in the past two weeks we’ve had more applications than we received in all of 2019.”

Grove says they’ve developed a new system for people to apply for unemployment insurance.

“The way it works is if the last digit of your social security number is 0,1, or 2, we ask that you apply on Monday,” said Grove. “If the last digit of your social security number is 3,4 or 5 you should apply on Tuesday and if it is 6, 7, 8 or 9, you should apply on Wednesday. We will leave Thursdays and Fridays open for people who miss their assigned days during the week.”

Grove says the goal of the new set-up is to improve efficiency. Persons wanting to apply on-line can go to uimn.org.