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May 7, 2020

Jobless benefits claims here: 3,954 in 7 weeks

Almost 4,000 Fauquier residents have filed first-time applications for unemployment insurance benefits since the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in massive business shutdowns and layoffs.

The pace of new applications has slowed, but 344 county residents still filed new claims last week, the Virginia Employment Commission reported Thursday.

That represents a decline of 18.5 percent from the prior week, when 425 new applications came from Fauquier.

In the last seven weeks, new claims from Fauquier residents total 3,954.

The unprecedented spike in joblessness started the week of March 25.

The first-time unemployment benefits claims from Fauquier by week:

• 344 — week ending Saturday, May 2.

• 425 —April 25.

• 497 — April 18.

• 652 — April 11.

• 1,029 — April 4.

• 753 — March 28.

• 254 — March 21.

The county has a workforce estimated at 31,483.

Fauquier residents also filed 2,443 continuing claims last week — up 11 percent from the previous week, according to the VEC. (Unemployed workers must file each week to keep their benefits coming).

New and continuing claims total 3,787 as of May 2. That would put the county’s unemployment rate at 12 percent.

Statewide, new claims of 59,631 last week represented a 17.7-percent decrease from the previous week.

But, continuing claims increased more than 10 percent to 376,689.

Across the U.S., almost 3.2 million workers applied for unemployment benefits last week, the Associated Press reported.

“Roughly 33.5 million people have filed for jobless aid in the seven weeks since the coronavirus began forcing millions of companies to close their doors and slash their workforces,” the AP said. “That is the equivalent of one in five Americans who had been employed back in February, when the unemployment rate had reached a 50-year low of just 3.5 percent.”

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