INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers are still filing for unemployment at unprecedented numbers 11 weeks after the coronavirus pandemic began.
New figures from the Department of Labor this week showed 23,591 initial claims were filed in Indiana for the week of May 30.
Since March, at least 727,790 Hoosiers have filed for unemployment. According to the Department of Workforce Development, Hoosiers were filing roughly 2,000 unemployment claims per week the pandemic began.
Indiana isn't alone; unemployment claims across the country remain at a record high. Last week, more than 1.8 million Americans filed for unemployment, bringing the 11-week total in the United States to more than 42 million unemployment claims since March.
Although the numbers are still unprecedented, Thursday's report marked the ninth straight week of declining unemployment numbers, as every state has begun the process of lifting coronavirus-related lockdowns. However, unemployment claims remain historically high.
Prior to the pandemic, the record high for weekly unemployment claims came in 2006, when 665,000 people filed for unemployment. The Department of Labor has been tracking the statistics since 1967.