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Alexandria’s Continued Unemployment Claims Going Down, First-Time Claims Climbing

Continued claims for unemployment continue to fall in Alexandria, while the number of initial (first-time) claims for the week ending Nov. 14 jumped 70% over the previous week, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.

There were 1,628 continued claims for the week ending Nov. 14, a sharp decrease from the 1,933 claims filed for the week ending Nov. 7. There were also 1,942 continued claims for the week ending Oct. 31; 2,340 claims for the week ending Oct. 24; 2,353 claims for the week ending Oct. 17; and 2,891 claims for the week ending Oct. 10.

There were 173 initial claims for the week ending Nov. 14, and the previous week there were 102 initial claims. There were also 164 initial claims for the week ending Oct. 31; 123 claims for the week ending Oct. 24; 163 claims for the week ending Oct. 17; and 125 claims for the week ending Oct. 10.

The week ending Nov. 14 was the 35th week since the pandemic began in Virginia, and unemployment has gone down significantly since the spring and summer. In April, for instance, there were nearly 7,000 initial unemployment claims in Alexandria.

Incidentally, the Alexandria Workforce Development Center hosts weekly workshops to help residents get jobs.

Throughout Virginia there were 85,129 continued claims for the week ending Nov. 14, which is a 7.4% decrease from the previous week. It is also 67,529 claims higher than the 17,600 continued claims from the same week last year. There were also 11,088 initial claims, which is an increase of 12% over the previous week.

“Over half of claims were in the accommodation/food service, health care, administrative support, and retail trade industries,” VEC said in a press release.

According to VEC:

The locality with the most initial unemployment claims this week was Fairfax County which saw 875 initial filings. Virginia Beach City and Richmond City followed with 618 and 614 initial claims respectively. Of the 133 counties and independent cities in the Commonwealth, 66 localities saw an increase in the number of filings this week compared to the week before. The locality with the largest increase in claims was Fairfax County which had and additional 212 initial claims compared to the previous week.

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