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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says 11.4% of the state’s workforce — approximately 367,194 people — have applied for unemployment benefits since March 16. Many should see unemployment checks soon.

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On Wednesday afternoon, Walz said unemployment checks “should hit bank accounts” by the end of this week.

Walz made the comment in a press conference that he held for the first time since leaving a 14-day self-quarantine. He also extended the state’s stay-at-home order to May 4.

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Earlier Wednesday, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development said Minnesota will also be one of the first states to make $600 additional compensation payments to those receiving unemployment benefits.

Those who need unemployment benefits are encouraged to apply on

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In Minnesota, 39 people have died from COVID-19. As of Wednesday, the state’s count of COVID-19 cases rose to 1,154. More than 600 people have recovered from COVID-19 and no longer require isolation.