Weekly filings continue to climb for COVID-19 unemployment insurance and PUA

THERE WERE 70,136 individuals collecting some form of unemployment benefit in Rhode Island last week. / AP FILE PHOTO/PAUL SAKUMA
THERE WERE 70,136 individuals collecting some form of unemployment benefit in Rhode Island last week. / AP FILE PHOTO/PAUL SAKUMA
PROVIDENCE – Pandemic unemployment-assistance filings totaled 4,027 last week, an increase from 3,807 one week prior, according to the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. The federally created and backed program covers those typically ineligible for unemployment benefits, including gig workers, contractors and small-business owners. The DLT said 35,636 individuals received PUA benefits last week…

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