BUSINESS
08/24/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Unemployment: Cash-Strapped States Delay Checks For Hundreds Of Thousands

WASHINGTON -- Years of state and federal neglect have hobbled the nation's unemployment system just as a brutal recession has doubled the number of jobless Americans seeking aid.

In a program that values timeliness above all else, decisions involving more than a million applicants have been slowed, and hundreds of thousands of needy people have waited months for checks.

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