COVID-19 unemployment insurance claims rise another 458

INITIAL FILINGS for unemployment insurance in Rhode Island have totaled 240,079 since March 9. / AP FILE PHOTO/JEFF ROBERSON
INITIAL FILINGS for unemployment insurance in Rhode Island have totaled 240,079 since March 9. / AP FILE PHOTO/JEFF ROBERSON
PROVIDENCE – COVID-19 related Unemployment Insurance filings increased by 458 Wednesday to total 166,003, according to the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims rose by 512 to 62,451. The program covers small-business owners, the self-employed and contractors, the DLT said. All unemployment claims – including PUA filings – since March 9…

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