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Unemployment Claims Keep Going Down in Alexandria

Unemployment keeps trending in the right direction in Alexandria.

The Virginia Employment Commission reports that there were 1,375 continued claims for the week ending Nov. 28. That’s a 9% dip from the previous week total of 1,513 continued claims, and is 16% down from the 1,628 continued claims for the week ending Nov. 14. It is also 41% down from the 2,340 continued claims that were made for the week ending October 24.

Initial (first time) unemployment dipped slightly to 110 new claims for the week ending Nov. 28, down from 112 claims for the week ending Nov. 21. There were also 173 initial claims for the week ending Nov. 14; 102 initial claims for the week ending Nov. 7; 164 initial claims for the week ending Oct. 31; and 123 claims for the week ending Oct. 24.

The week ending Nov. 28 was the 37th week since the pandemic began in Virginia, and unemployment has gone down significantly since the spring and summer. At one point there were nearly 7,000 initial unemployment claims in Alexandria.

Statewide, there were 8,606 initial claims for the week ending Nov. 28. That’s the lowest number of new claims since the pandemic began in March.

Continued claims throughout Virginia fell to 72,305 for the week ending Nov. 28, a 10.9% decrease from the previous week’s 81,138 claims.

“This drop indicated a continuation of its recent declining trend and was over 80% lower than its May 16 filing week peak.” VEC noted in a release.

Looking for work? The Alexandria Workforce Development Center hosts weekly workshops, and there are a number of job openings with the city.

Incidentally, the above photo was taken at Vola’s Dockside Grill next to the Torpedo Factory Art Center at the Alexandria pier. Vola’s is owned by Alexandria Restaurant Partners, which is hiring staff there and at its other restaurants.

According to VEC:

The locality with the most initial unemployment claims this week was Prince William County which saw 572 initial filings. Virginia Beach City and Fairfax County followed with 508 and 491 initial claims respectively. Of the 133 counties and independent cities in the Commonwealth, 106 localities saw a decrease, or no change, in the number of filings this week compared to the week before. The locality with the largest decrease in claims was Fairfax County which had 310 fewer claims compared to the previous week.

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