Virginia unemployment claims numbers show continued positive momentum
The Virginia Employment Commission reports today that there were 27,186 new initial unemployment claims filed last week, a slight dip from the week before.
The total for the week ending June 13 was the lowest since before the initial spike in unemployment insurance claims during the March 21 filing week, so, there’s that bit of good news.
For the most recent filing week, continued weeks claimed totaled 386,893, down 9,163 from the previous week, but 367,430 higher than the 19,463 continued claims from the comparable week last year.
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.
Continued claims during the June 13 filing week equaled 46 percent of all initial claims filed during the pandemic to this point. This percentage has trended downward in recent weeks.