State officials are expecting another jump in unemployment insurance claims as effects of the four-week bar and restaurant closings begin spreading through Minnesota’s economy. Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove says there is money available in Minnesota’s unemployment insurance system:

“It is of course borrowing from the federal government at this point, like almost every state in the nation, but we are ready to take on any influx of applications we get as a result of this four-week pause.”

But Grove says additional federal benefits that were available at the beginning of the pandemic — the 600-dollar top-off, the 13-week extension, and unemployment insurance for independent contractors — have either expired, or will at the end of this year:

“There’s much less of a cushion for workers now than there was before, and it just highlights that need of the federal government to act.”