R.I. PUA filings total 5.5K last week

THERE WERE 74,386 Rhode Islanders who claimed some form of unemployment benefit, including pandemic unemployment assistance, for the week ended Oct. 25. / AP FILE PHOTO/PAUL SAKUMA
THERE WERE 74,386 Rhode Islanders who claimed some form of unemployment benefit, including pandemic unemployment assistance, for the week ended Oct. 25. / AP FILE PHOTO/PAUL SAKUMA
PROVIDENCE – Pandemic unemployment-assistance filings totaled 5,533 last week, a decline from 6,789 one week prior, according to the R.I. Department of Labor and Training on Tuesday. The federally created and backed program covers those typically ineligible for unemployment benefits, including gig workers, contractors and small-business owners. The DLT said 37,216 individuals received PUA benefits…

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