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TEST: Another 7,400 Mainers File For Unemployment Benefits, As Claims Mount

Virus Outbreak Maine Economy
Robert F. Bukaty/AP
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A couple walks by a row of closed motels, Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Gov. Janet Mills on Tuesday announced tentatives plans to allow for lodging, campgrounds and the reopening of bars on July 1. Many businesses have been closed by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

More than 7,400 Mainers filed last week for unemployment benefits. That's according to new figures released Thursday by Maine's Department of Labor.

They indicate that during the week ending April 25, some 7,420 Mainers filed unemployment claims. That's fewer than the 11,561 filed the week before, but still far higher than average.

During the past six weeks, as the coronavirus has spread across the state, 108,511 Maine workers filed unemployment insurance claims.

That tally does not include self-employed workers, who haven't yet been able to apply for benefits. They will be allowed to begin filing applications on Friday.

Across the U.S., some 30 million people have applied for jobless benefits in the past six weeks.

Maine Gov. Janet Mills this week announced a plan to reopen Maine's economy in phases, with the first changes scheduled to go into effect Friday.