Unemployment accelerates: nearly 18K Rhode Islanders file for benefits due to COVID-19 job cuts

THE NUMBER of claims for unemployment benefits has accelerated in Rhode Island./COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING.
THE NUMBER of claims for unemployment benefits has accelerated in Rhode Island./COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING.
PROVIDENCE  — Job losses in Rhode Island attributed to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic nearly doubled overnight, with 17,779 claims filed for state unemployment insurance since March 10. Figures released by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training include 8,186 applications for unemployment benefits filed on Tuesday alone. The pace has accelerated over the past…

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