1,419 more people seek R.I. pandemic unemployment assistance; UI claims rise by 590

COVID-19-RELATED initial unemployment insurance filings in Rhode Island have totaled 80,168 since March 9. / AP FILE PHOTO/ERIC GAY
COVID-19-RELATED initial unemployment insurance filings in Rhode Island have totaled 80,168 since March 9. / AP FILE PHOTO/ERIC GAY
PROVIDENCE – Pandemic unemployment assistance filings in Rhode Island climbed by 1,419 on Wednesday, to 80,659, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training said on Thursday. The federally backed program covers small-business owners, contractors and the self employed. COVID-19-related unemployment insurance filings increased by 590, to 180,168. All initial unemployment claims in the state since…

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