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New unemployment claims increased slightly last week

Unemployment claims jumped slightly last week as more Alabamians sought benefits.

There were 8,805 new unemployment claims filed in Alabama last week, slightly more than the 8,679 filed the previous week, according to the Alabama Department of Labor.

Of the claims filed between Sept. 20 and Sept. 26, 4,088, or 46 percent, were related to COVID-19. That’s slightly lower than the 51 percent the previous week.

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Asked when the state will open up to the next phase, Harris said it’s possible it will happen before April 9.


Of the new claims, 48 percent were estimated to be related to the pandemic.


An EAMC hospital spokesman said the state hasn't yet reached herd immunity and masks are critical to slowing the spread.


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has not revised its visitation restrictions.