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Nearly 14K Hoosiers file first-time unemployment claims

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Posted at 9:39 AM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 09:39:57-05

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.