Maryland’s First-Time Unemployment Claims Jump by 8,500

    First-time claims for unemployment benefits in Maryland rose by almost 8,500 in the week ending June 20, although initial claims in D.C. and Virginia continued to fall.

    The Labor Department reports nationwide, initial claims for unemployment benefits totaled 1.48 million last week, down from 1.54 million the previous week.

    The number of Americans continuing to receive unemployment benefits also continued to trend modestly lower. Continuing claims totaled 19.522 million last week, down from 20.289 million the previous week.

    The number of initial claims nationwide on an unadjusted basis, which excludes seasonal factors, was 1.457 million.

    Initial claims for unemployment benefits in Maryland:

    Week ending June 20: 31,944 claims

    Week ending June 13: 23,450 claims

    The Labor Department posts weekly initial claims by state online.

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