Indiana sees unemployment filings drop as virus limits ease

Indiana had about 24,000 people apply for unemployment benefits last week as the state followed the national trend of slowing job losses after coronavirus-related business closures started in mid-March.

Posted: Jun 4, 2020 11:28 AM
Updated: Jun 4, 2020 1:16 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana had about 24,000 people apply for unemployment benefits last week, which was fewer than in recent weeks but far more than it was getting before the coronavirus reached the state and led to the closure of nonessential businesses.

State heath officials on Thursday raised Indiana's death toll from confirmed or presumed COVID-19 cases by 24.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

About 240,000 Indiana residents received jobless aid for the week ending May 23, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics released Thursday. That is down from the peak of nearly 295,000 in early May just before statewide business and travel restrictions started being eased, but still more than 10 times the level of early March.

Indiana had the country’s fifth-highest unemployment rate for April, at 16.9%, which exceeded the national rate of 14.7%.

The state’s unemployment applications peaked at 139,000 a week in late March, up from a typical 3,000 before the virus arrived.

EMERGENCY CONTINUES

Gov. Eric Holcomb on Wednesday signed a 30-day extension of the state’s public health emergency until July 4, when he expects to lift most limits on businesses, large gatherings and entertainment activities.

Despite Holcomb’s plan, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced Thursday that it would host an IndyCar-NASCAR doubleheader on July 4 weekend without fans. Track officials said they had to make a decision with the races less than a month away and weren’t certain what crowd limits or other restrictions would remain in place then.

The Indy 500, the world’s largest single-day sporting event, has been postponed by three months until to Aug. 23.

MORE VIRUS DEATHS

The new deaths raised the state's overall COVID-19 death toll to 2,231, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. Most of the newly reported deaths occurred Tuesday or Wednesday, but others date back as far as May 2. Of the 24 new deaths, 20 were from confirmed cases of COVID-19 and four are presumed to have been caused by the disease.

Indiana has seen an apparent slowdown of coronavirus-related deaths, as May 25 was the last day for which as many as 20 coronavirus deaths were reported. Between early April and mid-May, more than 30 COVID-19 deaths were reported most days.

Indiana hospitals still had 371 COVID-19 patients in their intensive care units on Tuesday.

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Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 111505

Reported Deaths: 3506
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Lake10217318
Elkhart6368109
St. Joseph604597
Allen5965200
Hamilton4676109
Vanderburgh334129
Hendricks2650122
Monroe240836
Johnson2257122
Tippecanoe221013
Clark211756
Porter205244
Cass19319
Delaware187061
Vigo176622
Madison157775
LaPorte136737
Floyd130361
Howard127563
Kosciusko119017
Bartholomew114957
Warrick114135
Marshall98524
Dubois94918
Boone94446
Hancock90542
Grant88233
Noble88132
Henry76324
Wayne73914
Jackson7349
Morgan69638
Shelby66529
Daviess64127
LaGrange63011
Dearborn62628
Clinton59112
Harrison56024
Putnam5329
Montgomery50521
Lawrence50328
Knox4869
White47914
Gibson4744
Decatur45339
DeKalb45011
Miami4243
Fayette41813
Greene41835
Jasper3822
Steuben3677
Scott35310
Sullivan32912
Jennings30912
Posey3020
Franklin29725
Clay2925
Orange28224
Ripley2788
Carroll27013
Wabash2638
Washington2581
Whitley2526
Starke2517
Wells2472
Adams2443
Jefferson2433
Fulton2352
Huntington2213
Spencer2194
Tipton21722
Perry20913
Randolph2067
Jay1700
Newton17011
Owen1641
Martin1620
Rush1514
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Pulaski1141
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Brown1013
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