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.
The new jobless aid applications submitted last week in Indiana were roughly equal to the week before, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics released Thursday. The level is about one-sixth of Indiana’s weekly peak of 139,000 in late March when coronavirus business closures first hit hard, up from a typical 3,000 before the pandemic.
National figures marked the 10th straight weekly decline in applications for jobless aid since mid-March.
Indiana leaders are hoping for an economic recovery as the lifting of state’s business restrictions continues.
Movie theaters, bars and casinos will be allowed to reopen with safety restrictions under a new statewide order that Gov. Eric Holcomb said will take effect Friday. The order will also allow social gatherings of up to 250 people and retail stores and malls to operate at full capacity, while restaurants will be allowed 75% capacity in their dining rooms.
About 227,000 Indiana residents received unemployment benefits for the week ending May 30, down about 6,500, or 3%, from the previous week, according to the federal jobs report.
Indiana had the country’s fifth-highest unemployment rate for April at 16.9%, topping the national rate of 14.7%.