Indiana Keeps High Pace Of Job Losses Even As Closures Ease

Jun 11, 2020

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana had about 24,000 people apply for unemployment benefits last week as the state marked a 12th week of significant coronavirus-related job losses. A federal report released Thursday shows new jobless aid applications submitted last week in Indiana were roughly equal to the week before. The level is about one-sixth of Indiana’s weekly peak of 139,000 in late March when coronavirus business closures first hit hard. Indiana leaders are hoping for an economic recovery as the lifting of state’s business restrictions continues. Indiana had the country’s fifth-highest unemployment rate for April at 16.9%, topping the national rate of 14.7%.