ARKANSAS (KNWA/KFTA) — In Arkansas, 9,938 people filed for unemployment for the first time, according to the Department of Labor’s weekly report ending June 27.
It was not much of a change compared to last week’s 9,669 claims that were filed.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims in Arkansas increased to 9,274 from last week’s 8,379 applicants.
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) claims were at 7,067 for the week ending June, 27, and last week 7,110 filed claims.
Initial claims dropped by 55,000 nationally to 1.4 million for the week ending June, 27, according to the DOL.
The pandemic continues to be the reason for the high unemployment rate across the country, according to DOL.
Data from Johns Hopkins University reports 10,780 total confirmed COVID-19 cases and 518,121 deaths globally, as of Thursday afternoon, July 2.
Arkansas has 22,075 cumulative COVID-19 cases and 279 deaths. There are 6,098 active cases, according to Governor Asa Hutchinson’s daily pandemic briefing on Thursday, July 2.