Nearly 130,000 Arizonans file new unemployment claims

PHOENIX  – Nearly 130,000 Arizonans filed new unemployment claims last week, bringing the total to more than a quarter million out of work since the first week of March.

That’s according to the Arizona Department of Economic Security, which released the numbers Thursday.

There were 129,215 new unemployment claims statewide the week ending  April 4, up from the 88,688 new claims filed the week ending March 28 and the 29,348 new claims the week ending March 21.

The claims are not broken out by county. Those figures for March are expected to be released April 16.