ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: 9,400 FILED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT LAST WEEK
According to the <a href=”https://www.labor.alabama.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Alabama Department of Labor</a>, nearly 11,000 Alabamians have filed for unemployment over the past two weeks.
There were 1,819 claims filed during the week ending March 14, and 9,490 claims filed the week ending March 21.
The county worst affected is Jefferson County, with more than 2,000 people filing for unemployment. Tuscaloosa County has more than 500 people filing. View the full breakdown <a href=”http://www2.labor.alabama.gov/Laus/InitialClaimsTab.aspx” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>right here</a>.
Food service was the hardest-hit category, with 3,200 people filing claims the week ending March 21. Administrative and support and waste management came in second with 1,200 claims, and health care and social assistance at 1,100. There were about 1,800 workers filing in as unclassified. View the full breakdown <a href=”http://www2.labor.alabama.gov/Laus/InitialClaimsbyindustryTab.aspx” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>right here</a>.
Nationwide, 3.3 million people filed for unemployment last week. At the peak of the Great Recession in 2009, 660,000 people filed for unemployment in a one-week period.
These numbers are likely to increase as businesses close or limit operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.