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Alexandria’s unemployment rate has been cut in half since May 2020

Alexandria’s unemployment rate has been cut roughly in half since this time last year, the Virginia Employment Commission revealed in a recent report.

As of May 2021, Alexandria’s unemployment rate was 3.9%, with 3,814 residents filing claims. The city’s unemployment rate in 2020 was 8.1%, with 7,950 residents getting unemployment payments.

Alexandria’s 98,250 person Civilian labor force is roughly the same in number as it was this time last year.

For the week ending June 19, there were 135 initial (first-time) claims, down slightly from the previous week’s 157 claims. There were also 1,054 continued claims, which was a reduction from the 1,284 claims from the previous week.

Next door in Arlington, the unemployment rate in May 2021 was 3.1%, down from 5.8% in May 2020.

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

Learn more about filing a weekly or continued claim here.

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