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April 30, 2020

New jobless benefits claims here 3,610 in 6 weeks

Although the young and female workers were disproportionately affected by COVID-19 layoffs in late March, the demographic composition of unemployment claimants has broadened to increasingly impact those in other group.
Over the last six weeks, 3,610 Fauquier County residents have filed first-time unemployment insurance claims as the COVID-19 pandemic has hammered the economy.

The number of new claims has declined steadily from the week ending April 4, when 1,029 county residents filed for benefits, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.

Still, the agency received 425 new claims from county residents in the week ending April 25.

Fauquier residents also filed 2,202 continuing claims last week — up 24 percent from the previous week, according to the VEC. (Unemployed workers must file each week to keep their benefits coming).

Statewide, the agency received 72,488 new claims last week, down 12.4 percent.

But, continuing claims totaled 341,295, up 15 percent in a week.

“Although the young and female workers were disproportionately affected by COVID-19 layoffs in late March, the demographic composition of unemployment claimants has broadened to increasingly impact those in other groups,” the agency said in a press release Thursday. “In Virginia, older workers, male workers, and those in other minority groups grew slightly as a share of filings according to the most recent published data.”

The U.S. has an estimated 30 million unemployed workers, with 3.84 million filing jobless benefits claims last week.

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

• 425 — week ending Saturday, 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.

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