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Gov. Little on Idaho's unemployment benefits comment: "I misspoke"

Posted at 10:11 PM, May 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-03 20:57:36-04

BOISE, Idaho — Governor Brad Little is speaking on his comment made during Thursday's coronavirus press conference concerning the reopening of Idaho.

During the press conference, Governor Little stated he believed Idaho was "caught up" on unemployment claims. The governor praised Idaho's unemployment response for individual workers. Still, another comment raised some eyebrows with Little stating he believed, "A lot of the unemployment is caught up at this point in time."

Governor Little is now saying he "misspoke" on the issue.

In an interview on Friday with BoiseDev's Don Day, Governor Little clarified that "all 117,000 claims have been filed, but there are about 40,000 claims that there are questions about."

Governor Little went on to say that, while some of those 117,000 have already gone back to work, those 40,000 are still waiting to get unemployment confirmation from their employer.

In that same interview with BoiseDev's Don Day, Governor Little said the Idaho Dept. of Labor is working to catch up on those claims.

To see Don Day's full interview with Governor Little, you can click here.