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Weekly unemployment claims in Virginia top 84,000

(NBC15)
Published: Apr. 23, 2020 at 11:57 AM EDT
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New data released by the

shows that more than 84,000 Virginians filed unemployment claims last week.

The number of new

dropped by nearly 20% from the previous week, when nearly 105,000 Virginians filed initial claims.

The number of people seeking unemployment is still a huge increase compared to filings before the coronavirus outbreak began pummeling the state last month and forced non-essential businesses to shut down.

Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam has come under growing pressure from business owners to begin the process of

.

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