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New unemployment claims decline slightly

About half of the new claims are due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There were 11,615 new unemployment claims filed during the week of Jan. 17 to Jan. 23, according to the Alabama Department of Labor. Of those, 5,708 are estimated to be related to COVID-19, representing 49 percent.

The figure is down from 11,983 the previous week. 

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



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.