LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Following a seven-week decline, the greater Lynchburg area’s unemployment numbers have increased in the past week with a total of 9,056 unemployment claims, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.
VEC’s data shows a week-to-week increase in continued unemployment claims of 4.3 percent. The number of continued claims filed increased in all five localities of the Central Virginia Workforce Development Area, with Campbell County experiencing the largest percentage increase at 8.3 percent.
This area includes the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell, and is estimated to have a labor force of 117,891 available people as of May 2020, with an unemployment rate of 8.6 percent.
The chart below shows the continued claims filed in individual localities of the Central Virginia Workforce Development Area since the week of March 14:
VEC says the number of initial or first-time unemployment insurance claims decreased 6.9 percent week-to-week while experiencing small increases in some individual localities. The total of intial claims filed during the week of July 4 was 542.
The chart below breaks down unemployment claims by industry:
‘Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations’ continue to make up the largest percentage of claims, but now more people are filing in areas such as ‘Office and Administrative Support Occupations’ and ‘Production Occupations.’
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