Weekly Unemployment Claims Down in Alexandria

Initial and continued unemployment claims took a dip last week in Alexandria, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.

There were 123 initial (first-time) claims for the week ending October 24, which is a decrease of 30 claims from the previous week. There were also 125 initial claims for the week ending October 10; 139 initial claims for the week ending October 3; 107 initial claims for the week ending Sept. 26; 125 initial claims for the week ending Sept. 19; 120 initial claims for the week ending Sept. 12 and 155 initial claims for the week ending Sept. 5.

For the week ending October 24, the city had 2,340 continued claims, which was down from 2,353 claims from the previous week. There were also 2,891 continued claims for the week ending October 10; 2,885 claims for the week ending October 3; 3,282 continued claims for the week ending Sept. 26; 3,053 claims for the week ending Sept. 19 and 4,036 continued claims for the week ending Sept. 12.

The week ending October 24 is the 32nd week since the pandemic began in Virginia.

Throughout Virginia there were 12,352 initial claims, a 9% increase, for the week ending October 24. That makes it the largest week of initial claims since mid-August, according to the Commission. There were also 127,621 continued claims, a 1.3% decrease, from the previous week.

According to VEC:

The locality with the most initial unemployment claims this week was Richmond City which saw 772 initial filings. Fairfax County and Virginia Beach City followed with 740 and 671 initial claims respectively. Of the 133 counties and independent cities in the Commonwealth, 69 localities saw an increase in the number of filings compared to the week before. The locality with the largest increase in claims was Norfolk City which had 107 more initial claims compared to the previous week.

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