For Release:
September 9, 2021
Contact:
Timothy Aylor
Senior Economist
Economic Information & Analytics Division
(804) 486-2624

Virginia’s Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims for Week Ending September 4th

~ Seasonally unadjusted weekly initial unemployment insurance claims fell significantly from the previous filing week as continued claims declined during that period ~

RICHMOND—The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) announced that the number of initial claims filed during the most recent filing week were 45% lower than during the comparable week in 2020.

For the filing week ending September 4, the figure for seasonally unadjusted initial claims in Virginia was 6,179. The latest claims figure was a decrease of 1,598 claimants from the previous week. This brought the total number of claims filed since the March 21, 2020 filing week to 1,805,058, compared to the 477,600 average filed during the previous three economic recessions since 1990.

For the most recent filing week, continued weeks claimed totaled 44,435, which was a decrease of 2,036 claims from the previous week, but 80% lower than the 217,485 continued claims from the comparable week last year. Over half of claims that had a self-reported industry were in the health care and social assistance, retail trade, administrative and waste services industries, and accommodation and food services. The continued claims total is mainly comprised of those recent initial claimants who continued to file for unemployment insurance benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For additional information on who is claiming unemployment insurance in Virginia, access the VEC’s U.I. claims data dashboard (https://www.vec.virginia.gov/ui-claims-dashboard) that is updated no later than the following Monday after the weekly claims press release.

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Nationwide, in the week ending September 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 310,000, a decrease of 35,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 14, 2020 when it was 256,000. The previous week's level was revised up by 5,000 from 340,000 to 345,000. The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 284,287 in the week ending September 4, a decrease of 8,005 (or -2.7 percent) from the previous week. There were 857,896 initial claims in the comparable week in 2020. Looking at preliminary data, more states reported decreases on a seasonally unadjusted basis. Missouri’s preliminary weekly change (-7,676) was the largest decrease. Florida’s preliminary weekly change (-3,886) was the second largest decrease. New York’s preliminary weekly change (-3,561) was the third largest decrease. Georgia’s decline was the fourth largest increase (-2,892). Virginia’s increase (+2,904) was the fourth largest weekly increase. Driven by Hurricane Ida, Louisiana’s increase (+7,259) was the largest weekly increase.

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