Virginia jobless claims over 500,000 since coronavirus hit
More than a half-million Virginians have filed unemployment claims since the
outbreak hit the state last month.
That's according to new federal data released Thursday. A report from the
showed more than 74,000 Virginians filed unemployment claims last week.
That marks the third straight week totals have dipped since weekly claims reached a record-setting nearly 150,000 in the week ending April 4. Still, it’s far higher than before the crisis.
Altogether in the past six weeks, about 570,000 people have filed for
. That’s about 13% of the state's workforce.