There were 8,704 new unemployment claims filed last week, according to the Alabama Department of Labor, down from 8,983 the previous week.
Of the new claims, 6,952 are estimated to be related to COVID-19, representing 80 percent. That compares to 86 percent of the previous week’s claims.
Industry sectors with the greatest number of claims are Manufacturing (648), Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services (621), Retail (527), Health Care and Social Assistance (472), Accommodation and Food Services (458), and Educational Services (266).
Jefferson County had the largest number of claims with 1,421.