COVID-19 unemployment claims rise by 517

COVID-19 related Unemployment Insurance filings have totaled 164,955 to date. / AP FILE PHOTO/ERIC GAY
COVID-19-related unemployment insurance filings have totaled 164,955 in R.I. / AP FILE PHOTO/ERIC GAY
PROVIDENCE – COVID-19-related unemployment insurance filings increased by 517 on Monday, to 164,955, according to the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. Pandemic unemployment-assistance filings increased by 555, to 61,402. The program covers small-business owners, the self employed and contractors. All initial unemployment filings in the state since March 9 total 237,780, the department said.…

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