Downward unemployment trend in Virginia slows as continued restrictions hurt businesses

Virginia’s unemployment rate had been decreasing since Gov. Ralph Northam eased COVID-19 restrictions, but the most-recent numbers show that trend could be slowing, which is concerning to members of the business community.

September’s unemployment numbers, which the state released this week, show a 0.1 percentage point increase in seasonally-adjusted unemployment – a reversal from the previous month’s numbers, which showed a 1.8 percentage point decrease. The commonwealth’s 6.2% unemployment rate still is below the national average, which is 8.4%.

In the week ending Oct. 16, Virginia’s initial unemployment claims saw a jump of 2,255 claims from the previous week, up to 11,365 claims. Continued claims
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