COVID-19 weekly unemployment filings spike in R.I. amid exhaustion of initial benefits

THERE WERE 79,970 individuals collecting some form of unemployment benefit in Rhode Island last week. / AP FILE PHOTO/PAUL SAKUMA
PROVIDENCE – COVID-19-related unemployment insurance filings in Rhode Island rose by 16,036, more than double the 7,120 one week prior, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training said on Tuesday. To date, COVID-19 unemployment insurance filings in the state total 302,127. The rise in filings week to week did not keep pace with continuing benefit…

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