Greater Lynchburg area sees slight decrease in number of continued claims for unemployment insurance

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The number of continued claims for unemployment insurance in the greater Lynchburg area dropped during the week of May 16. This is the first weekly decrease in two months according to the latest report by the Virginia Employment Commission.

The data reported Thursday, May 21 shows 9,576 people in the Lynchburg greater area filed continued claims for unemployment insurance during the week of May 16, 2020. This is a decrease of 0.8% from the 9,659 who filed continued claims during the previous week.

While the number of continued claims filed in all of the workforce area counties were either down or flat for the week, continued claims filed in the City of Lynchburg increased 1.3%.

This line graph shows the continued unemployment claims filed in each county and city within the Central Virginia Workforce Development area. (Courtesy: Central Virginia Workforce Development Board)

Workers in the food service industry and those with office/administrative support occupations continue to make up the largest portion of unemployment claims filed in the region.

Pie graph of the top ten industry sectors impacted by unemployment in Central Virginia (Courtesy: Central Virginia Workforce Development Board)

Initial claims filed for unemployment insurance in the Central Virginia Workforce Development Area decreased by more than 10% for the week of May 16. This is similar to the overall statewide trend.

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