Another 133,000 Indiana residents file unemployment claims

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than 133,000 people filed initial claims for unemployment in Indiana last week as the coronavirus pandemic kept businesses closed and workers furloughed.

U.S. Department of Labor numbers show that the 133,639 Hoosiers who sought jobless benefits during the week ending April 4 was down slightly from the 139,174 who filed the previous week.

Congress’ $2.2 trillion pandemic relief package includes an extra $600 a week in unemployment benefits on top of the usual state payments.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that Indiana residents who have filed for unemployment should begin receiving that extra $600 payment as early as April 20, retroactive to March 29.

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