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New unemployment claims increased last week

Half of the new claims were related to the pandemic.


There were 12,664 new unemployment claims filed last week, according to the Alabama Department of Labor. Of those, 6,362 are estimated to be related to COVID-19, representing 50 percent.

The number of claims increased from 11,615 the previous week, when 49 percent were estimated to be related to the pandemic.

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

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The preliminary, seasonally adjusted unemployment rate inched up to 2.9 percent from December's 2.8 percent.


“This job growth continues improving, and we know that Alabama’s employers are continuing to add jobs each and every month,” said Washington.


A variety of medical experts, including at UAB, have published statistics that show masks were an effective way to prevent the COVID-19 transmission.


Only three states have a higher disease frequency and mortality rate than Alabama, and just two states have a lower life expectancy.