COVID-19 UI filings rise by 532

INITIAL UNEMPLOYMENT filings in Rhode Island since March 9 have totaled 241,271. / AP FILE PHOTO/JEFF ROBERSON
INITIAL UNEMPLOYMENT filings in Rhode Island since March 9 have totaled 241,271. / AP FILE PHOTO/JEFF ROBERSON
PROVIDENCE – COVID-19-related unemployment insurance claims increased by 532 on Thursday, to 166,535, according to the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. Pandemic unemployment assistance filings increased by 521, to 62,972. Pandemic unemployment assistance is a federally created and funded program that covers small-business owners, contractors and the self-employed. All initial unemployment filings in the…

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