Virginia Employment Commission: New unemployment claims continue downward trend
This brought the total number of claims filed since the March 21, 2020 filing week to 1,682,822, compared to the 477,600 average filed during the previous three economic recessions since 1990, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.
For the most recent filing week, continued weeks claimed totaled 54,163, which was a decrease of 6,250 claims from the previous week, but 87 percent lower than the 402,926 continued claims from the comparable week last year.
Over half of claims that had a self-reported industry were in the accommodation and food services, administrative and waste services, retail trade, and health care and social assistance industries.
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.