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Ohio Valley Unemployment Claims Exceed 100,000

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As some businesses in the Ohio Valley reopen and welcome back both customers and employees the region continues reporting high levels of unemployment claims.

At least 100,863 people in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia joined those seeking help during the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia are making progress on unemployment claims filed in March
as states begin a phased-in reopening.
The data released Thursday morning by the U.S. Department of Labor showing about 2.1 million
unemployment claims around the country for the week ending May 23, bringing the country’s
total jobless applicants to about 40 million since mid-March.
Labor Department figures show Kentucky with 53,738 claims; Ohio with 42,363; and West
Virginia with 4,762.
These unemployment claims come as the three states are reopening their economies. The data
reported to the U.S. Department of Labor only accounts for unemployment assistance that has
been processed.

Becca Schimmel is a Becca Schimmel is a multimedia journalist with the Ohio Valley ReSource a collaborative of public radio stations in Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio. She's based out of the WKU Public Radio newsroom in Bowling Green.
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