The Alabama Department of Labor released the official count for initial unemployment claims filed during the week of Jan. 10 – Jan. 16, 2021.

According to ADOL, 11,983 initial claims were filed either online or by telephone during this period. 5,982 of those claims are estimated to be COVID-19 related.

In Elmore County there were a reported 190 initial unemployment claims for the week ending Jan. 16 and in Tallapoosa County there were 130 initial unemployment claims.