Central Virginia first-time unemployment claims spike

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – The number of central Virginia residents filing their first claim for unemployment insurance (UI) jumped in the region, according to new data from the Central Virginia Workforce.

During the week of Jan. 2, 2021, a total of 381 initial UI claims were filed in the Central Virginia Local Workforce Development Area (LWDA) – a 66-percent increase from the 230 initial claims reported the week prior.

Initial claims are made by those filing their first claim for unemployment insurance.

During the month of December, more than 1,500 new claims for unemployment were filed in this area, which roughly doubles the 885 initial claims filed in late October and November.

Initial claims increased in all five localities of the Central Virginia LWDA last week which includes:

  • Lynchburg (192 initial claims)
  • Bedford County (80 initial claims)
  • Campbell County (52 initial claims)
  • Amherst County (38 initial claims)
  • Appomattox County (19 initial claims)
In this chart, you can see where the spikes in first-time claims during the weeks of Jan. 2 and Dec. 5 reached levels in the city of Lynchburg that had not been seen since mid-August. (Image courtesy of Central Virginia Workforce Development).

Continued claims for unemployment also experienced a large increase in the Lynchburg region last week, jumping from 1,763 during the week of Dec. 26 to 1,906 during the week of Jan. 2.

Continued claims are filed by individuals who have already made an initial claim and are now filing weekly claims to continue receiving benefits.

Continued claims increased in every locality of the workforce region last week.

  • Lynchburg jumped from 814 to 863 continued claims
  • Bedford County increased from 424 to 432 continued claims
  • Campbell County went from 261 to 328 continued claims
  • Amherst County increased from 181 to 183 continued claims
  • Appomattox County jumped from 83 to 100 continued claims
(Image courtesy of Central Virginia Workforce Development).

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