State makes progress in processing jobless claims; $116.5M already paid out in April

KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Michael Cardines sprays disinfectant April 20 on the buttons to cross the street on Waianuenue Avenue in Hilo. City workers continue to disinfect frequently touched spots daily.

KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Stephanie and Jeremy Bertram talk while eating lunch April 16 by Hilo Bay. Restaurants will remain closed for dine-in options for another month.

KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald People walk past each other outside Lili‘uokalani Gardens on Monday in Hilo. Many patrons have continued to exercise around the garden while the inside of the park is closed.

KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Two men play tennis April 24 in the parking lot outside the tennis courts in downtown Hilo. The pair play tennis frequently and wanted to feel a sense of normalcy outside the tennis courts.

The state is starting to make headway in processing and paying a staggering amount of jobless filings, according to statistics provided by the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.