INDIANAPOLIS — More than 12,000 Hoosiers filed first-time unemployment claims in the week ending on Sept. 19, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor.
The number of claims for the week ending Sept. 19 was 12,416, a decrease from the previous week's adjusted total of 13,245, which was the highest number since late July.
The lowest number since the beginning of the pandemic in March was 10,624, which happened in the week ending Aug. 8. The number of claims in Indiana remained above 20,000 for 17 straight weeks from early March to mid-July.
In the past few weeks, the unemployment numbers have been lower than at any point during the pandemic, but they're still about five times higher than pre-pandemic numbers.
In the 27 weeks since the COVID-19 pandemic began, more than a million Hoosiers have filed for unemployment.
Approximately 870,000 Americans filed new unemployment claims last week.