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New unemployment claims drop, but percentage related COVID-19 increases slightly


New unemployment claims in Alabama fell by 10 percent from the prior week, but the percentage of those claims that were related to COVID-19 increased slightly during that time. 

There were 7,823 new claims filed between Aug. 23 and Aug. 29, down from the 8,676 filed the previous week, yet the percentage of claims related to COVID-19 increased from 53 percent to 56 percent during that time. 

The marginal 10 percent decline in new unemployment claims filed last week was the smallest decline in claims from week-to-week during the month of August.

Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.

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