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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. 

Written By

Micah Danney is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.



Although the BA.5 variant is possibly more infectious, symptoms have been less severe and vaccines still protect against serious illness.


The Alabama Department of Public Health has announced that it has switched from daily to weekly updates of COVID-19 statistics.


Don’t look for many masks. People just aren’t wearing them.


The most needed jobs include registered nurses and retail workers, two industries heavily affected by the pandemic.