Continued claims for unemployment insurance in Central Virginia drop 9 percent


Copyright: Associated Press

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Weekly claims for unemployment insurance in Central Virginia decreased by approximately 9.3-percent between the weeks of Aug. 29 and Sept. 5.

A total of 4,979 continued claims for unemployment were filed in the Central Virginia Workforce Development Area during the week of Sept. 5, according to VEC figures released on Sept. 10. That number is a decrease of 513 from the previous week.

Overall, the number of continued claims filed in the Central Virginia region lessened by 48-percent from the peak number of 9,659 during the week of May 9.

Continued claims are made by individuals who have filed an initial claim for unemployment and are now making weekly claims to continue to receive benefits.

The Central Virginia Workforce Development area includes the city of Lynchburg as well as the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell.

As of July 2020, this area had an estimated civilian labor force of 121,105 with an unemployment rate of 7.5-percent.

This graphic shows the rise and fall of continued unemployment insurance claims filed since the week of March 14 when many employers began implementing layoffs and staff reductions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

There was a small increase in the number of people filing unemployment claims for the first time in this region. A total of 244 initial unemployment insurance claims were filed in the Central Virginia Workforce Development Area during the week of Sept. 5 which indicates an 11-percent increase from the 217 initial claims filed the previous week.

Each locality saw small increases which is noted below:

  • Amherst County – 11 claims
  • Appomattox County – 1 claim
  • Bedford County – 6 claims
  • Campbell County – 6 claims
  • Lynchburg – 3 claims

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