Weekly filings rise for COVID-19 unemployment insurance and PUA

THERE WERE 4,214 pandemic unemployment-assistance filings in Rhode Island last week. / AP FILE PHOTO/ERIC GAY
PROVIDENCE – Pandemic unemployment-assistance filings totaled 4,214 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 36,087 individuals received PUA benefits last week…

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