September 7, 2023
Economic Information & Analytics Division
Virginia Unemployment Insurance Weekly Initial Claims at 2,568; Manufacturing Leading Industry for Claims
~ Seasonally unadjusted weekly initial unemployment insurance claims fell from the previous filing week, with continued claims also lower over that period ~
RICHMOND — The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) announced today that the number of initial claims decreased in the latest filing week to 2,568 and remained at typical pre-Pandemic volumes experienced in 2019.
For the filing week ending September 2, the figure for seasonally unadjusted initial claims in Virginia was 2,568, which was a decrease of 209 claimants from the previous week. Continued weeks claimed totaled 13,092, which was 166 claims lower than the previous week but an increase of 9.5% from the 11,955 continued claims from the comparable week last year. An industry was reported for ninety-three percent of claimants. Of those, over half (51 percent) of continued claims were from professional, scientific, and technical services (1,988), administrative and support and waste management (1,808), health care and social assistance (1,200), and manufacturing (1,176). 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.
In the week ending September 2, the advance U.S. figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 216,000, a decrease of 13,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 228,000 to 229,000. The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 190,190 in the week ending September 2, a decrease of 3,240 (or -1.7 percent) from the previous week. There were 172,835 initial claims in the comparable week in 2022. Looking at preliminary data, most U.S. states reported decreases on a seasonally unadjusted basis. Ohio’s preliminary weekly change (-2,909) was the largest decrease. New York’s preliminary weekly change (-2,114) was the second largest decrease. Oregon’s preliminary weekly change (-801) was the third largest decrease. Florida’s preliminary weekly change (-773) was the fourth largest decrease. Virginia’s preliminary weekly change (+99) was the sixteenth largest increase.
 Note: Advance claims are not directly comparable to claims reported in prior weeks. Advance claims are reported by the state liable for paying the unemployment compensation, whereas previous weeks reported claims reflect claimants by state of residence. In addition, claims reported as "workshare equivalent" in the previous week are added to the advance claims as a proxy for the current week's "workshare equivalent" activity.