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Thousands of Hoosiers still filing first-time unemployment claims

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Posted at 10:16 AM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 10:16:35-04

INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 14,000 Hoosiers filed first-time unemployment claims in the week ending on Oct. 24, about seven times the pre-pandemic weekly total.

The number of claims for the week was 13,977, a slight decrease from the previous week's adjusted total of 15,421. 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 three weeks 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.