New filings for unemployment benefits rise sharply in Virginia

In the U.S., there were 770,000 initial claims for unemployment benefits during the week ending March 13. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week across the U.S., including more new filings in Virginia.

The number of new filings in Maryland and the District were little changed from the previous week.

Nationwide, there were 770,000 initial claims for unemployment benefits during the week ending March 13. That’s up 45,000 from the previous week. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had forecast an average of 700,000 new filings.

At the end of the previous week there were 4.14 million Americans receiving standard unemployment benefits, which was down 2,000.

On an unadjusted basis, excluding seasonal factors, initial unemployment filings nationwide totaled 746,496.

Initial claims for unemployment benefits, unadjusted, in D.C., Maryland and Virginia during the week ending March 13:

DC

  • Week ending March 13: 1,152
  • Week ending March 6: 1,193

Maryland

  • Week ending March 13: 7,920
  • Week ending March 6: 7,704

Virginia

  • Week ending March 13: 23,839
  • Week ending March 6: 13,736

The Labor Department posts weekly 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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