Officials say tens of thousands of Minnesotans will receive unemployment benefits sooner, due to an executive order issued Monday by Governor Tim Walz. Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove says the state is no longer required to delay benefits for people who are taking a vacation, sick pay or personal time off when they apply for unemployment insurance:

“We’re gonna issue payments to 45-thousand people who are stuck in our queue right now, far faster than we could have before.”

At last count over 342-thousand Minnesotans have applied for unemployment benefits since mid-March.