First-time unemployment claims in Lynchburg region continue to climb

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – More people in the Lynchburg region are filing for first-time unemployment insurance.

During the week of Jan. 9, 2021, a total of 569 initial unemployment insurance claims were filed in the Central Virginia Local Workforce Development Area (LWDA) – a 49-percent increase from the 381 initial claims reported the previous week.

Initial claims are filed by those making their first claim for unemployment insurance.

The Central Virginia LWDA includes the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell as well as the City of Lynchburg.

The initial unemployment figure reported for the week of Jan. 9 is the highest in this region since the week of July 25, when the additional $600 weekly benefit approved under the CARES Act was still available to those who were claiming unemployment.

Initial claims increased in all five localities of the Central Virginia LWDA during the last week.

In Lynchburg, there were 249 initial claims reported, up from 192 the previous week.

In Bedford County, there were 115 initial claims, up from 80 one week ago. Campbell County had 98 claims, up from 52 the week prior. Amherst County had 56 claims, up from 30 the previous week and Appomattox County had 51 claims, up from 19 one week ago.

(Graph courtesy of the Central Virginia Workforce Development Board).

Continued claims, or claims filed by individuals who have already made an initial claim for unemployment insurance, was roughly flat, dropping only four claims from 1,906 the previous week to 1,902 last week.

Continued claims decreased in Lynchburg, down from 863 to 849. Amherst County was down from 183 to 174. Appomattox County was also down week-to-week from 100 to 93. Campbell County also saw a drop in continued claims from 328 to 327; however, Bedford County’s continued claims rose from the week prior to last week, from 432 to 459.

(Graph courtesy of the Central Virginia Workforce Development Board).

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