For Release:
April 28, 2022
Timothy Aylor
Senior Economist
Economic Information & Analytics Division
(804) 786-3976

Virginia Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims at 1,845; Administrative and Waste Services, Retail Trade, Health Care and Social Assistance, and Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Leading Industries for Claims

~ Seasonally unadjusted weekly initial unemployment insurance claims were little changed from the previous filing week and remained at near historic lows during that period ~

RICHMOND—The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) announced today initial weekly claims of 1,845, and number of continued claims was 7,252. The continued weeks claims total increased from the previous week but remains at pre-pandemic levels during the most recent filing week.

For the filing week ending April 23, the figure for seasonally unadjusted initial claims in Virginia was 1,845. The latest claims figure was a decrease of 16 claimants from the previous week. Over half of initial claims that had a self-reported industry were in administrative and waste services, retail trade, health care and social assistance, and professional, scientific, and technical services. Eligibility for benefits is determined on a weekly basis, and so not all weekly claims filed result in a benefit payment. This is because the initial claims numbers represent claim applications; claims are then reviewed for eligibility and legitimacy.

For the most recent filing week, continued weeks claimed totaled 7,252, which was an increase of 222 claims from the previous week but was 87% lower than the 54,281 continued claims from the comparable week last year.


In the week ending April 23, the advance U.S. figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 180,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 184,000 to 185,000. The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 202,983 in the week ending April 23, an increase of 5,005 (or 2.5 percent) from the previous week. There were 611,236 initial claims in the comparable week in 2021. Looking at preliminary data, most states reported decreases on a seasonally unadjusted basis. Ohio’s preliminary weekly change (-2,744) was the largest decrease. California’s weekly change (-2,083) was the second largest decrease. Michigan’s preliminary weekly change (-1,992) was the third largest decrease. Florida’s weekly change (-644) was the fourth largest decrease. Virginia’s preliminary weekly change (+162) was the 17th largest increase.