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A week-by-week look at Maryland unemployment claims in the age of COVID-19

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Posted at 10:22 AM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 11:30:05-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland is slowly but surely progressing in the fight against COVID-19. Many businesses have reopened as the state is now in stage three of its road map to recovery.

Unemployment claims though continue to be up and down. When the coronavirus outbreak first began, new claims sky rocketed for the first several weeks, before experiencing its first decline in numbers.

At times there has been as many as four straight weeks of downward trends, but then a week pops up where numbers rise again.

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The extraordinary amount of claims forced the Maryland Department of Labor to expand their hours and increase staff. A one-stop online dashboard was implemented to streamline new claims, however that too ran into several road blocks causing massive delays and backlogs. Many weren't even able to get through and file. Those problems have since been taken care of for the most part, as the Labor Department reports over 96 percent of claims have been processed.

Since March 21 -- 1,162,423 initial unemployment claims were filed.

Keep in mind only 446,883 were filed in the years 2018 and 2019 combined. Despite the pandemic, Maryland's unemployment rate is still 18 percent lower than the national average.

It should be noted in some instances a claim may be counted twice. Initially, all new claims are filed as regular, but some are first denied and later approved for PUA (i.e. an independent contractor, or Uber driver).

Here's a look at the week by week breakdown by the Maryland Department of Labor.

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Week Ending September 19, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 5,280
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 3,905
Total: 9,185

Week ending September 12, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 7,127
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 6,448
Total: 13,575

Week ending September 5, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 6,434
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 4,890
Total: 11,324

Week ending September 1, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 6,468
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 4,647
Total: 11,115

Week ending August 22, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 6,866
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 5,009
Total: 11,875

Week ending August 15, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 8,281
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 5,910
Total: 14,191

Week ending August 8, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 7,626
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 5,491
Total: 13,117

Week ending August 1, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 9,755
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 8,513
Total: 18,268

Week ending July 25, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 11,958
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 11,881
Total: 23,839

Week ending July 18, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 16,389
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 16,989
Total: 33,378

Week ending July 11, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 18,657
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 18,726
Total: 37,383

Week ending July 4, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 32,497
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 34,062
Total: 66,559

Week ending June 27

Total regular UI claims: 21,929
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 34,197
Total: 56,126

Week ending June 20

Total regular UI claims: 31,944
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 15,857
Total: 47,801

Week ending June 13

Total regular UI claims: 22,902
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 19,039
Total: 41,941

Week ending June 6

Total regular UI claims: 42,312
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 11,152
Total: 53,464

Week ending May 30

Total regular UI claims: 32,030
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 11,065
Total: 43,095

Week ending May 23

Total regular UI claims: 33,836
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 15,127
Total: 48,963

Week ending May 16

Total regular UI claims: 34,745
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 16,363
Total: 51,108

Week ending May 9

Total regular UI claims: 45,709
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 20,096
Total: 65,805

Week ending May 2

Total regular UI claims: 62,076
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 47,187
Total: 109,263

Week ending April 25

Total UI claims: 37,225

Week ending April 18

Total UI claims: 47,545

Week ending April 11

Total UI claims: 61,770

Week ending April 4

Total UI claims: 108,508

Week ending March 28

Total UI claims: 84,000

Week ending March 21

Total UI claims: 42,000

*DISCLAIMERS*

*Per federal guidelines, individuals filing for PUA and PEUC must first file for and be declared ineligible for regular UI benefits, resulting in two claim filings for one Maryland claimant. MSDL only pays one claimant for one complete claim filed.

*On July 15, the Labor Department uncovered over 47,000 fraudulent claims that would have amounted to more than $501 million in benefits. Though most were denied, it's unclear if those claims affected the total numbers provided above.