Unemployment claims up in Maryland, down in DC and Virginia

Nearly 29,000 Maryland residents filed for unemployment benefits for the first time last week, 5,800 more than the previous week. Initial claims in the District and in Virginia were lower.

Nationwide, the Labor Department reported 900,000 Americans filed initial claims for unemployment benefits in the week ending Jan.16. That’s 26,000 fewer than the previous week, when first-time claims reached the highest level since August.

As of last week, 5.05 million Americans were receiving standard unemployment benefits. That’s 127,000 fewer than the previous week. The Labor Department does not distinguish between those who voluntarily stopped receiving benefits and those whose benefits expired.

On an unadjusted basis, which excludes seasonal influences, the initial claims totaled 960,668, down 13.6% from the previous week.

Initial jobless claims, unadjusted, in D.C., Maryland and Virginia during the week ending Jan. 16:


  • Week ending Jan. 16: 1,600
  • Week ending Jan. 9: 1,876


  • Week ending Jan. 16: 28,923
  • Week ending Jan. 9: 23,084


  • Week ending Jan. 16: 24,341
  • Week ending Jan. 9: 28,227

The Department of Labor posts weekly initial unemployment claims by state online.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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