INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 14,000 Hoosiers filed first-time unemployment claims in the week ending on Oct. 31, about seven times the pre-pandemic weekly total.
The number of claims for the week was 13,900, a slight increase from the previous week's adjusted total of 13,407. The number of claims in Indiana remained above 20,000 for 17 straight weeks from early March to mid-July. After that, it stayed in the 10,000 range until about a month ago, when it jumped to nearly 18,000.
In the 30 weeks since the COVID-19 pandemic began, more than a million Hoosiers have filed for unemployment.