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.

Cases: 1134898

Reported Deaths: 17829
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1473912256
Lake735981260
Allen68335891
Hamilton51957489
St. Joseph50677652
Elkhart40767548
Vanderburgh35026498
Tippecanoe31302278
Johnson28050467
Hendricks26647387
Porter26093391
Madison21380461
Clark20446279
Vigo19290312
LaPorte17486266
Delaware17053306
Howard16980315
Monroe16829220
Kosciusko14525167
Hancock13288186
Bartholomew13229191
Warrick12369191
Grant12243249
Wayne12243271
Floyd12134227
Morgan10571195
Boone10008125
Noble9460123
Marshall9322147
Henry9286170
Dearborn9094102
Dubois8917142
Shelby8437131
Cass8280128
Lawrence8159187
DeKalb7964109
Jackson781793
Huntington7792118
Montgomery7239123
Gibson7203118
Harrison7062100
Knox6988116
Steuben680189
Miami6693114
Whitley669261
Putnam652586
Wabash6353113
Clinton634980
Jasper625792
Jefferson5979105
Ripley567394
Adams548781
Daviess5141119
Scott499680
Wells4934107
White488270
Greene4772102
Clay470162
Decatur4678111
Fayette465298
Jennings458967
LaGrange436591
Posey413844
Randolph4023107
Washington394756
Fountain383265
Fulton369074
Spencer366448
Starke362874
Owen359677
Sullivan352455
Jay338151
Orange336473
Rush315633
Carroll302339
Franklin295844
Perry294553
Vermillion287358
Tipton253967
Parke252531
Pike252244
Blackford226044
Pulaski214360
Newton185752
Brown181550
Benton171918
Crawford171229
Martin153519
Switzerland149612
Warren138717
Union125716
Ohio93313
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