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New unemployment claims increased slightly

78 percent of last week’s claims were estimated to be related to the pandemic.


There were 10,841 new unemployment claims filed during the week ending May 7, according to the Alabama Department of Labor, up from 10,325 the previous week.

Of the new claims, 8,434 are estimated to be related to COVID-19, representing 78 percent. That compares to 80 percent of the previous week’s claims.

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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.



Fifty-two percent of last week's claims were reported to be due to the pandemic.


Goepfert spoke bluntly about the need for more Alabamians to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.


May’s monthly total was 130 percent higher than it was in May 2020.


The funds were made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.