New unemployment claims down in Virginia in past week
This brought the total number of claims filed since the March 21, 2020 filing week to 1,798,879, compared to the 477,600 average filed during the previous three economic recessions since 1990.
For the most recent filing week, continued weeks claimed totaled 46,471, which was an increase of 9,396 claims from the previous week, but 80 percent lower than the 233,467 continued claims from the comparable week last year.
Over half of claims that had a self-reported industry were in the health care and social assistance, retail trade, administrative and waste services industries, and accommodation and food services.
The continued claims total is mainly comprised of those recent initial claimants who continued to file for unemployment insurance benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.