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New unemployment claims increased last week

76 percent of the claims were estimated to be related to COVID-19, the Labor Department said.

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There were 18,710 new unemployment claims filed last week, according to the Alabama Department of Labor, up from 13,994 the previous week. Last week saw the highest number of new claims filed since July.

Of the new claims, 14,285 are estimated to be related to COVID-19, representing 76 percent. That increased from 73 percent of the previous week’s claims.

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

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