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New unemployment claims increased last week

There were 8,902 new unemployment claims filed in Alabama last week, up from 7,823 the previous week, according to the Alabama Department of Labor.

Of the claims filed between Aug. 30 and Sept. 5, 4,528, or 51 percent, were related to COVID-19. That compares to 56 percent the previous week and 53 percent the week before that.

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The decision comes after a rash of deaths and calls from the AEA for the district to reevaluate its protocols.


With 10 deaths since November and four deaths within 48 hours, AEA says MPS officials must act to protect teachers and staff.

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As of Friday, the city isn’t accepting applications but has begun work establishing a process for distribution.


At one point last week, just 39 of the state’s approximately 1,600 ICU beds were available. Vaccine supply remains low.