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Continued Unemployment Claims Increase 23% in Alexandria

The number of continued claims for unemployment rose by 23% in Alexandria for the week ending April 25 over the previous week ending April 18.

There were 4,881 continued claims for unemployment benefits in Alexandria for week ending April 25, according to the Virginia Employment Commission. The new figure is an increase of 1,132 continued claims over the week ending April 18, when there was a total of 3,749 continued claims in the city.

There have been more than 8,300 total unemployment claims in the city since the first case was announced last month.

‪Alexandria had 2,154 unemployed in February.‬‪From the middle of March to the middle of April (5 weeks), 8,351…

Posted by Justin Wilson on Thursday, April 30, 2020

The first positive case of COVID-19 in Alexandria was announced on March 11, and on March 14 there were 33 claims filed. By March 21 there were 797 jobless claims, followed by 1,683 claims on March 28, and 2,578 claims on April 4.

Statewide, for the week ending April 25 there were 72,488 jobless claims, a decrease of 10,241 claimants from the week before.

“Though the 12.4% decline indicates that the volume of initial claims has retreated from its recent peak, it may not return to pre-pandemic levels for some time,” noted VEC.

Learn more about filing a weekly or continued claim here.

Staff photo by James Cullum

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