First-time filings for unemployment benefits rose in Maryland, Virginia and D.C. last week, even as new claims nationwide fell to a pandemic low.
The Department of Labor reports initial claims nationwide totaled 684,000 during the week ending March 20 — 97,000 fewer than the previous week. On an unadjusted basis, excluding seasonal factors, initial unemployment filings totaled 656,789 last week.
The number of Americans currently getting standard unemployment benefits totals 3.87 million, the first time below 4 million since pandemic-related job losses began. That is 264,000 fewer Americans receiving standard unemployment benefits than the previous week.
The U.S. Department of Labor does not distinguish between benefits that voluntarily ended or expired.
Initial claims for unemployment benefits, unadjusted, in the D.C. region during the week ending March 20:
District of Columbia:
Week ending March 20: 1,727
Week ending March 13: 1,289
Week ending March 20: 10,585
Week ending March 13: 8,879
Week ending March 20: 28,232
Week ending March 13: 15,525
The Labor Department publishes weekly unemployment filings by state online.