Continued unemployment claims down 55% since May, initial claims down 95% since April

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A notice of closure is posted at The Great Frame Up in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., Thursday, April 2, 2020. The coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak has triggered a stunning collapse in the U.S. workforce with millions of people losing their jobs in the past two weeks and economists warn unemployment could reach levels not seen since the Depression, as the economic damage from the crisis piles up around the world. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — People filing for unemployment in Central Virginia continues to be down from peaks earlier this year during the height of shutdowns caused by the coronavirus.

Virginia Career Works says last week’s figure of 4,307 continued claims in for unemployment central Virginia was a decline of 55% from the 9,659 claims the week of May 9.

Despite the decline in jobless claims since May, the figure is still 570% higher than before the shutdowns began. The week of March 14, only 642 continued unemployment claims were filed.

The central Virginia region includes Lynchburg, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell Counties.

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