New unemployment claims higher in Virginia, down in DC, Maryland

A hand holding a pen to fill out an unemployment benefits application form.
As of Feb. 13, 4.49 million Americans were receiving continuing standard unemployment benefits. (Getty Images)

New filings for state unemployment benefits in Virginia continued to rise last week, following a national trend, although initial claims in both D.C. and Maryland fell.

The Labor Department reports nationwide, another 861,000 claims were filed for standard unemployment benefits during the week ending Feb. 13, 13,000 more than the previous week. On an unadjusted basis, excluding seasonal factors, initial unemployment claims last week totaled 862,351.

As of Feb. 13, 4.49 million Americans were receiving continuing standard unemployment benefits, down by 64,000 from the previous week. The Labor Department does not distinguish between those who have voluntarily ended their benefits and those whose benefits have expired.

Initial jobless claims during the week of Feb. 13, unadjusted, for D.C., Maryland and Virginia:

District of Columbia:

  • Week ending Feb 13: 1,168
  • Week ending Feb. 6: 1,480


  • Week ending Feb. 13: 18,146
  • Week ending Feb 6: 19,770


  • Week ending Feb. 13: 21,267
  • Week ending Feb. 6: 14,203

The Labor Department 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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