Lynchburg area unemployment claims drop 9-percent

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Unemployment claims continue to fall around the Lynchburg area.

The latest figures show 2,088 continued unemployment claims were filed in the Central Virginia Local Workforce Development Area (LWDA) during the week of Nov. 14 which is a decrease of 9.2-percent from the previous week’s total of 2,301.

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

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

All five localities reported a drop in claims from the previous week.

The 2,088 total is significantly lower than the peak of continued unemployment claims in the region which peaked at 9,659 during the week of May 9, 2020.

Graph courtesy of Central Virginia Workforce Development.

Initial claims in this region declined last week to 167 which is a drop of 12-percent from the previous week’s figure of 190.

Initial claims are filed by those making an unemployment insurance claim for the first time.

The lowest number of initial claims filed in the Lynchburg region since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic was 159 during the week of Oct. 10 and the highest number was 3,357 during the week of April 4.

Graph courtesy of Central Virginia Workforce Development.

Per locality, initial claims decreased in Amherst County, Appomattox County and in the City of Lynchburg. The number of initial claims was unchanged week-to-week in Bedford County and increased by one in Campbell County.

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