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Virginia jobless claims over 500,000 since coronavirus hit

(NBC15)
Published: Apr. 30, 2020 at 11:57 AM EDT
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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.

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