Va. new unemployment claims up 35%
Continued claims down almost 3,400
Virginia’s new unemployment claims increased by 34.9% last week, the Virginia Employment Commission reported Thursday.
For the filing week ending Jan. 8, Virginians filed 2,446 initial claims, an increase of 633 from the week before. Continued claims totaled 7,895, down 3,367 from the previous week.
Compared to last year, increased claims were almost 92% lower than the 28,227 recorded then. Continued claims were 88% lower than the 63,687 from the comparable week last year. People receiving unemployment benefits through the VEC must file weekly unemployment claims in order to continue receiving benefits.
The majority of claimants who filed for benefits last week reported being in these industries: construction; administrative and waste services; accommodation and food services; and health care and social assistance.
Nationwide, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 230,000, an increase of 23,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level. There were 1.08 million initial claims in the comparable week in 2021. The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 419,446.