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Weekly unemployment claims in Virginia top 100,000

Posted at 4:35 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 17:15:58-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- More than 100,000 Virginians have filed unemployment claims in the past week, new data released by the U.S. Department of Labor shows.

It’s a significant drop from the nearly 150,000 from a week before but still a massive number compared to filings before the coronavirus outbreak.

Overall there have been more than 415,000 claims filed in the last month, which is about 9% of the state’s workforce.

The new figures come amid growing unhappiness from Republican lawmakers and others with Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s plans to keep non-essential businesses closed through May 8.